You can take several precautions to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
- Install a carbon monoxide alarm in the hallway near every area of your home that is used for sleeping. Make sure furniture or draperies do not cover the alarm. Travel carbon monoxide alarms are also available for use elsewhere.
However, in your home, an alarm is not a substitute for making sure that appliances that can produce carbon monoxide are in good repair and safe.
- Check to see that your appliances are installed and comply with building codes and manufacturer’s instructions. Qualified professionals should install most appliances.
- Get your heating system professionally inspected and serviced every year, as well as chimneys and flues.
- Do not use charcoal inside your house or your garage, vehicle or tent.
- In an attached garage, even if the door is open, do not leave a car running.
- Do not operate unvented fuel-burning appliances in a room where people are sleeping
- Do not operate a portable generator or any other gasoline engine-powered tool in or near any house, garage or other enclosed space.
- If a carbon monoxide alarm sounds, go outside and call 911 immediately. Do not return to the building until emergency services personnel gives you the all-clear.