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carbon monoxide poisoning-mortality

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Mortality
Carbon monoxide, CO, is an odorless, colorless gas can cause sudden illness or death. CO is produced any time a fossil fuel is burned in a furnace, vehicle, generator or elsewhere. CO from these sources can build up in enclosed or semi-enclosed spaces and poison the people and animals in them. 

Between 1999 and 2010, there were a total of 5,149 deaths from unintentional CO poisoning in the U.S.  That averages out to 430 deaths per year.  In Pennsylvania, between 2009 and 2013, there was an average of 73 deaths per year related to CO poisoning.  Unintentional CO poisoning mortality includes unintentional fire-related, unintentional non-fire-related and those of unknown intent.
All CO poisoning is a result of human behavior and altering that behavior is key to preventing CO poisoning. The following items may produce carbon monoxide:
      - Anything that burns coal, gasoline, kerosene, oil, propane or wood
      - Automobile engines
      - Charcoal grills--charcoal should never be burned indoors
      - Indoor and portable heating systems
      - Portable propane heaters
      - Indoor and camp stoves
      - Water heaters that use natural gas 
Some ways to prevent CO poisoning include the following:
      - Install battery-operated or battery back-up CO detectors near every sleeping area in your home  
      - Check CO detectors regularly to be sure they are functioning properly  
      - Have your furnace inspected every year
      - Never use a generator inside your home or garage, even if doors and  windows are open 
      - Only use generators outside, more than 20 feet away from your home, doors and windows

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