What Can Be Done to Prevent CO Poisoning?

  • Ensure that appliances are properly adjusted and working to manufacturers’ instructions and local building codes
  • Obtain annual inspection for heating systems, chimneys, and flues and have them cleaned by a qualified technician
  • Open flues when fireplaces are in use.
  • Use proper fuel in kerosene space heaters
  • Do not use ovens and gas ranges to heat your home.
  • Do not burn charcoal inside a home, cabin, recreational vehicle, or camper.
  • Make sure stoves and heaters are vented to the outside and that exhaust systems do not leak.
  • Do not use unvented gas or kerosene space heaters in enclosed spaces
  • Never leave a car or lawn mower engine running in a shed or garage, or in any enclosed space
  • Make sure your furnace has adequate intake of outside air

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