Carbon monoxide is a colorless, tasteless, odorless, toxic gas released when fuels such as natural gas or propane fail to burn completely from motor vehicles, gas-powered furnaces, portable generators and other devices. When poisoned with carbon monoxide, many often overlook the symptoms, which include headache, dizziness, and confusion.
Unintentional carbon monoxide exposure accounts for approximately 500 unintentional deaths in the U.S each year. In Ohio, there were 139 unintentional, non-fire related deaths from carbon monoxide poisoning between 1999 and 2004. Ohio had the fourth-highest number of deaths in the country, accounting for 5.3 percent of the carbon monoxide deaths occurring in the U.S.
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Last Reviewed: 06/27/12