Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
You can’t see, taste or smell carbon monoxide, but it can be deadly when you breathe it in. Carbon monoxide, or CO, is a gas that forms whenever fuel is burned.
Known as the “silent killer”, CO is dangerous because it blocks your body from taking in the oxygen it needs. CO poisoning can happen suddenly or over a long period of time. CO can cause serious illness or death in just minutes.
In Michigan, 137 were hospitalized for unintentional CO poisoning in 2014. In the U.S., CO causes an average of 430 deaths and more than 20,000 hospital emergency room visits per year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Unintentional Carbon monoxide poisoning data are available on the MiTracking data portal.