Carbon monoxide is the leading cause of poisoning death each year with over 500 unintentional and 1,700 suicide deaths in the U.S. Deaths from carbon monoxide have declined since 1975.
When ever there is not enough oxygen available when fuel is burned excessive carbon monoxide can be emitted.
Heating oil, natural gas, propane, kerosene, gasoline, wood and almost anything that burns can produce carbon monoxide. You may be exposed to carbon monoxide if :
In more severe exposures:
CDC recommends installing a battery-operated or battery back-up CO detector near every sleeping area in you home.
Check CO detectors regularly to be sure they are functioning properly.