Recommended precautions to help prevent carbon monoxide poisoning:
- Install a carbon monoxide alarm in your home if you have combustion appliances or an attached garage.
- Be sure all appliances are properly installed and used according to the manufacturer's instructions.
- Have fireplace and combustion heating and ventilation systems, including chimneys, flues, and vents, professionally inspected every year.
- Don't burn charcoal inside a house, garage, vehicle, tent or fireplace.
- Don't use un-vented combustion heaters in enclosed spaces, especially sleeping areas.
- Never leave an automobile running in a closed garage or in a garage attached to the house - even with the garage door open.
- While driving, keep the rear window or tailgate of a vehicle closed, as carbon monoxide from the exhaust can be pulled inside.
- If you suspect you are experiencing any symptoms of CO poisoning, open doors and windows, turn off gas appliances and go outside. In cases of severe CO poisoning, call the 911 emergency services or call the nearest Florida Poison Information Center at 1-800-222-1222.
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Carbon Monoxide Brochures:
Carbon Monoxide In the News:
Internet Resources on Carbon Monoxide:
- Environmental Public Health Tracking
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention: Carbon Monoxide presentation given by Dr. Shahad Iqbal at the EPA Region 4, quarterly conference call (PDF, 464 KB)
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention: Carbon Monoxide, The Quiet Killer
- CDC - Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
- CDC - Podcast: Keep Carbon Monoxide Out
- CDC - audio public service announcement: Avoiding Carbon Monoxide Poisoning During a Power Outage
- US Dept of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST): How Close is Too Close for Portable Generators?
- California Air Resources Board carbon monoxide video (13.7 MB *.wmv video - ADA accessible language associated with the video)
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Data
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Carbon Monoxide (CO)
- U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission: Indoor Air Quality Publications
- English/Spanish Carbon Monoxide videos
- DOH YouTube site
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