The temperature is dropping and the winter weather is setting in. Many people are utilizing home heating systems, increasing the risk for carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, which can be deadly to humans and animals. According to the CDC, at least 420 people die in the U.S. every year from CO poisoning which is a completely preventable toxicity. CO is found in fumes of vehicles, stoves, furnaces, generators, charcoal and wood burning as well as many other sources.

Tips to prevent CO poisoning:
1. Install battery operated CO detectors in every sleeping area in your home
2. Check CO detectors regularly to make sure they are working properly
3. Have your furnaces inspected every year
4. Never use a generator inside your home or garage, even if doors or windows are open
5. Only use generators outside, more than 20 feet away from your home, doors and windows
6. Never grill inside your garage
7. Never keep your car running with the garage door closed

If you suspect CO poisoning call 911 or the Georgia Poison Center right away