Facts and Figures:
is Carbon Monoxide (CO)?
Carbon monoxide is an odorless,
colorless gas produced by burning fuel.
In the home, dangerous
levels of CO can occur if fuel-burning appliances are:
- Not working properly
installed or maintained
the manufacturer's instructions
other than their intended purposes
installed and maintained properly, fuel-burning appliances
and vehicles produce very little CO. But, if they are not
working properly or are used incorrectly they can produce
dangerous amounts of CO. Vehicles and other fuel-burning
equipment in and around the home also produce CO.
Any appliance or vehicle that
runs on oil, natural gas, kerosene, propane, coal, wood or gasoline
can produce CO. Common sources of CO around the home include:
and Water Heaters that
and Wood Stoves
Ranges and Ovens
Heaters that run
on fuel, especially kerosene
or Gas Grills
Prevention is the Key!
Fuel-Burning Appliances Installed by
qualified professionals. Be sure they check that exhaust properly
vents to the outside.
Maintain Appliances according
to the manufacturer's instructions. Have appliances checked regularly
to ensure they are working safely.
Your Heating System Inspected and Cleaned each
year by a qualified professional.
Flues, and Vent Pipes often. Be
or cracked masonry
of rust, stains or water streaking
or improper connections
Let Your Home "Breathe" - air
transfer helps prevent CO from building-up. Be sure to check with
a qualified professional if you install new windows or make other
improvements that seal up air leaks in your home.
a Vehicle (cars, motorcycles.) Running in a Garage. If you park your car
in the garage, let air circulate for at least one minute before closing
the garage door.
Start Yard Equipment
Outdoors - never
in a garage, basement, or other enclosed space.
Never Use a
Charcoal or Gas Grill Indoors or in a garage, enclosed porch, tent,
or camper. Opening
a door or window, or running a fan is not enough to prevent CO build-up.
It is NOT Legal
to use a Kerosene Portable Heater Indoors in the State of Oregon. There
is not adequate ventilation indoors to prevent CO build-up from the
use of a kerosene heater.
of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
symptoms of CO poisoning may be mistaken for the flu.
At Low Levels
At High Levels
Loss of consciousness
Death can occur within a short
You or any Member of Your Household has Symptoms:
fresh air immediately - everyone
should leave the home at once. Open windows and doors. Turn off
all fuel-burning appliances.
- Call 911 - from
a neighbors. Hillsboro Fire Department will check your home
with its CO monitor, to get accurate readings of the CO level.
Medical Help Right Away - a
blood and/or breath test may be used to diagnose CO poisoning.
your home checked - contact
a qualified professional to inspect your home.
Go Back In Until any Problems Have Been Checked.
Detectors Provide Back-up Protection
one near sleeping areas on
each floor of your home. Be sure to locate detectors at least
5 - 6 feet away from any fuel-burning appliances.
and maintain CO detectors according
to the manufacturer's instructions.
household chemicals away from
your detectors. Long-term exposure to chemicals could damage
what the alarm sounds like on
your CO detectors. Be sure you can tell the difference between
CO and smoke alarms.
detectors do NOT take the place of smoke alarms. Properly
install, test and maintain smoke alarms in your home.