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Carbon monoxide (sometimes referred to as
CO) is a colorless, odorless gas produced by burning material containing
carbon. Carbon monoxide poisoning can cause brain damage and death. You can't
see it, smell it, or taste it; Prolonged exposure can lead death.
Carbon monoxide of the leading cause of
accidental poisoning deaths. This odorless, tasteless, and colorless gas is
known as the "Silent Killer." The Centers for Disease Control
estimates that carbon monoxide poisoning claims nearly 500 lives, and causes
more than 15,000 visits to hospital emergency departments annually.
Carbon monoxide is produced by common
household appliances. When not properly ventilated, carbon monoxide emitted by
these appliances can build up. See below for a list of appliances that can emit