In the colder months of the year, carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning events peak. The colorless, odorless gas can be sinister, sickening people in an indoor environment where there’s a leak or exposure, and potentially causing death.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency cites the following building and home sources of carbon monoxide:
• Back-drafting from furnaces
• Generators and other gas-powered equipment
• Gas stoves and water heaters
• Wood stoves & fireplaces
• Vehicle exhaust from attached garages
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 430 Americans die each year from unintentional CO poisoning, with more than 20,000 sickened from the gas.