Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless and poisonous gas that is produced by the incomplete burning of solid, liquid and gaseous fuels. CO exposure is often the result of improper ventilation or inhalation of exhaust fumes from cars, trucks and other vehicles, generators, or gas heaters. Although CO poisoning can almost always be prevented, every year more than 500 Americans die as a result of unintentional exposure to this toxic gas, and thousands more require medical care for non-fatal poisoning.
What Information Does the EPHT Network Contain About Carbon Monoxide Exposure in New Jersey?
The NJ EPHT Network contains summary information about the number and rates of hospitalizations, emergency department visits, and deaths due to unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning in New Jersey.
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Where Can I Get More Information About Preventing Carbon Monoxide Exposure?
The Division of Consumer Affairs in the Office of the Attorney General provides guidance on the prevention of carbon monoxide poisoning on their web site. The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs also has installation information for carbon monoxide alarms.
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