Carbon monoxide (CO) is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in America. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), CO poisoning causes more than 400 deaths and 20,000 emergency department visits in the U.S. annually.
CO is often called the “silent killer” because it is odorless, colorless and tasteless. The only safe way to detect it in your home is with a working carbon monoxide alarm.
It's the Law in Oregon
The Lofgren and Zander Memorial Act Helps Protect Oregon Families from the Silent Killer.
While carbon monoxide incidents are more frequent during cold weather months, CO poisoning can occur year-round in any climate. Learn about frequent sources of carbon monoxide, potential health effects, and how to help protect your family during situations that may pose a higher risk for CO poisoning. MORE
How to choose an alarm
Carbon monoxide detectors (alarms) are designed to alert a homeowner when CO levels have begun to accumulate over a period of time and will alarm before most people would experience symptoms. Learn key factors to look for when purchasing a carbon monoxide alarm. MORE
Frequently asked questions
How many CO alarms do I need in my home? What are the symptoms of CO poisoning? Is carbon monoxide lighter than air? Find out the answers to these and other questions. MORE
Laws and Legislation
States and cities across the country are taking steps to protect citizens from CO – America's leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths. Learn what's happening in your state and how you can protect your loved ones. MORE