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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention

During power outages after hurricanes/typhoons, major flooding or other extreme weather events, residents can be at risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning if portable generators are not properly used. CO is an odorless and colorless gas that can cause sudden illness or death. CO poisoning typically occurs from breathing in too much carbon monoxide when fossil fuels are burned. Symptoms feel flu-like and include headaches, dizziness, fatigue, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion. Longer hazardous exposure can result in loss of consciousness, arrhythmias, seizures and death. Below are tools that can assist Environmental Health Professionals in informing the public on preventative measures to reduce exposure to carbon monoxide.

Carbon Monoxide Resources

How Close is Too Close for Portable Generators (VIDEO): National Institute of Standards and Technology- U.S. Department of Commerce

You Can Prevent Carbon Monoxide Exposure: CDC

CO Prevention Toolkit: National Public Health Information Coalition 

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: Flyers and Other Educational Materials CDC

Carbon Monoxide: The Invisible Killer National Safety Council

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Factsheets:  CDC Multiple Languages

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