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Carbon Monoxide

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:

Florida Department of Health Cautions Against Carbon Monoxide Poisoning (PDF, 42kb)
CPSC Urges Caution with Heating as Winter Weather Arrives; Carbon Monoxide Deaths on the Rise

Internet Resources on Carbon Monoxide:

For additional information, contact the Florida Department of Health's Radon and Indoor Air Program at 1-800-543-8279.

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