Every year, approximately 500 people die in the U. S. from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas produced by portable generators, stoves, lanterns, gas ranges, and from burning charcoal and wood. Effective January 1, 2007, every Illinois home is required to have at least one carbon monoxide alarm, in an operating condition, within 15 feet of every room used for sleeping purposes.
According to the Illinois Poison Control Center, 549 people were poisoned by carbon monoxide in 2010. Among those, three deaths occurred.
Carbon monoxide monitors are the most convenient and affordable form of monitoring. Monitors should be placed in areas where your family spends most of its time i.e. bedrooms, kitchen, living room, but place far enough away from direct sources of carbon monoxide, such as a gas stove, to avoid false alarms. The typical price range per alarm is $18 to $50 depending on the features of the alarm. Alarms are commonly sold from hardware stores or larger retailers of home products.
Carbon Monoxide Page - EPAUS Consumer Product Safety Commission brochure provides information on sources of carbon monoxide, symptoms of poisoning, as well as sources of and clues to a possible carbon monoxide problem: Carbon Monoxide-The Invisible KillerCDC insert provides expert answers to the most frequently asked questions about carbon monoxide: Carbon Monoxide Q & AIllinois Department of Public Health Factsheet about carbon monoxide