Health Tip: Carbon Monoxide Safety

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(HealthDay News) — Carbon monoxide (CO) is known as "the invisible killer" because it's a colorless, odorless and poisonous gas.

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More than 150 people in the United States die each year from accidental CO poisoning, says the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The commission encourages consumers to:

  • Have annual heating system inspections.
  • Never use portable generators indoors.
  • Never use an oven for heating.
  • Install battery-operated CO alarms.
  • Know the symptoms of CO poisoning.

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