In Iowa an average of 35 deaths and 300 emergency department visits from exposure to CO occur each year
- Install carbon monoxide detectors in your home near every sleeping area and change the batteries every six months. Most hardware stores sell these detectors.
- Hire a professional annually to make sure your furnace and/or wood-burning stove is functionally sound and vents properly outside the home.
- Never run a gasoline or propane heater or a grill (gas or charcoal) inside your home or in an unventilated garage. Any heating system that burns fuel produces carbon monoxide. Use a battery-powered detector where you have fuel burning devices but no electric outlets, such as in tents, cabins, RVs and boats with enclosed cabins.
- Never run a car in an enclosed space. If a vehicle is running, you must have a door open to the outside.
- Run generators a safe distance from the home. Never run a generator in the home or garage, or right next to windows or doors.
For more information, data and resources about carbon monoxide, visit https://pht.idph.state.ia.us/Health/CarbonMonoxidePoisoning/Pages/Prevention.aspx.