Carbon monoxide is an odorless and tasteless invisible gas and is the number one cause of accidental poisoning in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Installing
carbon monoxide (CO) detectors can help save lives.
Where Does Carbon Monoxide Come From?
Carbon monoxide is created when carbon-based fuels such as gasoline, propane, coal, wood, etc. are burned. If not properly ventilated, dangerous carbon monoxide fumes can build up. In high concentrations, carbon monoxide can be fatal.
CO build-ups can come from:
Furnaces, water heaters, and space heaters
Vehicles or engines running in a garage
Gas appliances, such as a range, stovetop, or clothes dryer
When installed and working properly,
carbon monoxide alarms help prevent dangerous CO poisoning and save lives. Know which alarms are best for your property, where to install them, and how to maintain them.
NOTE: This information is a summary interpretation and was prepared as general reference material only. This summary is not authoritative as laws can be amended over time. For specific compliance requirements and updates, please refer to the actual
code language and the statute or legal counsel.