PHILIDELPHIA — A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report indicates that carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning not linked to fires kills about 500 Americans and poisons at least 15,000 each year. As cold weather takes hold across the country, Grainger, one of North America’s largest distributors of safety products, offers CO poisoning prevention tips for businesses and consumers to consider:

• Install CO monitors at work and at home. Suggested locations are each level and in each bedroom of a home.

• Check the expiration dates of CO monitors. The average life is approximately five to seven years before the sensor will fail.

• Check gas appliances periodically for proper operation and venting.

• Ensure chimneys, flues, and vents are clear of debris.

• Do not use unvented gas and wood stoves or charcoal grills indoors.

• Do not permit automobiles or other gas-powered equipment to run indoors without proper exhaust ventilation.

• Do not run a car or truck inside a garage attached to a house or business facility, even if you leave the door open.

• Symptoms of low-level CO poisoning include headaches, nausea, weakness, dizziness, and confusion. If you suspect you may be experiencing carbon monoxide poisoning, seek medical attention immediately.

For more information regarding carbon monoxide poisoning education and prevention from the CDC, visit For more information about safety products from Grainger, visit

Publication date: 11/21/2011