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What You Need to Know About Carbon Monoxide | 6 Warning Signs

Updated: Apr 4, 2020

What You Need to Know About Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless, poisonous gas that spreads from household items and equipment made from charcoal, wood, gas, or oil. Once it spreads, your home and health are at high-risk.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Symptoms

CO poisoning symptoms are often mistaken for the flu. Common signs can include:






*Shortness of breath

What to Do if Your Carbon Monoxide Alarm is Beeping

If you hear your carbon monoxide detector beeping, do not ignore it. Leave immediately because exposure can quickly lead to health risks, including heart disease or fatality. Get pets and everyone out for fresh air. Call 9-1-1 and go to the hospital immediately. Do not re-enter the home until emergency responders say it’s safe to do so. If local emergency responders don’t find carbon monoxide in your home, try resetting your alarm. If the detector doesn’t stop beeping, contact your manufacturer immediately.

Tips to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Get your appliances serviced annually by a licensed technician. Install carbon monoxide alarms throughout your home. Clean your chimney at least once a year. Don’t run your vehicle, lawnmower or gas equipment inside a closed garage. Don’t use a gas oven to heat your home. Don’t block your home’s vents.


What causes carbon monoxide?

Carbon monoxide stems from home appliances with oil, gas, coal or wood. CO gas buildup can also come from your vehicle running in an enclosed area such as a garage attached to a home.

How do carbon monoxide detectors work?

When CO is detected, the carbon monoxide alarm’s sensor triggers an alarm to alert you. If you’re unsure if the alarm is working, test it by checking the wall outlet’s power or batteries.

Why is my carbon monoxide detector beeping every 30 seconds?

Carbon monoxide detector beeping can signal different alerts. Check your detector’s manual. If your alarm sounds every 30 seconds the battery may need to be changed, the detector should be replaced, or there’s a malfunction.

Where should I install a carbon monoxide alarm?

Carbon monoxide alarms should be placed in every commonly used area in your home including the kitchen, bedrooms and living room. Refer to your manufacturer’s instructions for proper placement.

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