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Carbon Monoxide: Sources and Prevention

Carbon monoxide (CO) is not just emitted from gas stoves and furnaces. As indoor air pollution, it has many sources that are important to be aware of. Carbon monoxide is the number one cause of death by poisoning in the United States each year. It is produced during the burning process by a variety of fuels like gasoline, kerosene, wood, and coal. The ventilation of appliances that burn fuel is vital for the prevention of carbon monoxide poisoning. But that is not the only important step in preventing health problems. All appliances that burn fuel, like wood stoves, gas stoves,...

Carbon Monoxide: a Silent Killer

Carbon monoxide is the number one cause of poisoning death in the United States. In fact, each year approximately 500 people are killed and about 15,000 others are made ill by this deadly gas. It is a colorless, odorless gas produced by the burning of fuel oils like gasoline, propane, oil, natural gas, and kerosene. Even charcoal and wood produce this gas when burned. There is the potential for carbon monoxide poisoning anywhere fuel is burning. Gas stoves are a common culprit, when not operated correctly or when malfunctioning. Heating systems can leak carbon monoxide into homes and businesses, creating...