Protect Against Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Florida Health Department Recommendations to protect against Carbon Monoxide Poisoning.

1. Install a carbon monoxide alarm in your home if you have combustion appliances or an attached garage.

2. Be sure all appliances are properly installed and used according to the manufacturer's instructions.

3. Have fireplace and combustion heating and ventilation systems, including chimneys, flues, and vents, professionally inspected every year.

4. Don't burn charcoal inside a house, garage, vehicle, tent or fireplace.

5. Don't used unvented combustion heaters in enclosed spaces, especially sleeping areas.

6. Never leave an automobile running in a closed garage or in a garage attached to the house-even with the garage door open.

7. While driving, keep the rear window or tailgate of a vehicle closed, as carbon monoxide from the exhaust can be pulled inside.

8. 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 9-1-1 emergency services or call the nearest Poison Information Center at 1-800-222-1222.