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Useful Information Resources

This page lists some useful information sources on carbon monoxide (CO). Some of these resources have also been used in the fact-sheets and hence are a repeat.

  • Carbon Monoxide Questions and Answers: This publication by U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) provides answers to some common questions a consumer may have about CO. CPSC is a federal agency charged with the responsibility of protecting the U.S. population from preventable risks of injury or death which can occur from using different kinds of consumer products. The risks could be of any type- electrical, chemical, fire or mechanical.
  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, 2002: This is an information sheet published by Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), U.S. Department of Labor. OSHA’s mission is to “assure safe and healthful workplaces by setting and enforcing standards, and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.”  All employers in the U.S. are required to mandatorily comply with all OSHA standards applicable in their workplace. The information sheet although is meant for workplaces, it is however very useful and applicable to homeowners too.
  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning:Vehicles : Put together by Iowa State University’s Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department, this publication explains in simple terms how carbon monoxide poisoning can occurs from vehicles – both inside and outside homes.
  • Carbon Monoxide Safety:  The tip sheet has been developed by National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to educate homeowners about what precautions they should take to prevent CO poisoning in their homes. Spanish version of this sheet can be downloaded here.
  • Carbon Monoxide Hazards from Small Gasoline Powered Engines: This page developed by Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) talks about CO hazards from small gasoline-powered engines and tools (high-pressure washers, concrete cutting saws, power trowels, floor buffers etc.) which are commonly used in workplaces. However, occasionally these pieces of equipment many be used at home too, and hence the safety recommendations provided are applicable to homeowners also.
  • NFPA 720 (Standard for the installation of CO detection and warning equipment): This standard has been developed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), which is an international non-profit working on prevention of fire and other safety hazards. The standard is a recommendation and not regulatory in nature. It addresses issues of installation, operation, maintenance etc. for commercial as well as household CO detectors.
  • Basics about CO alarms: This webpage by one of the major retail home store in the U.S.- Home Depot, provides basic information about CO alarms.The information can help a homeowner chose the right type of alarm for their home.

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