Exposing an Invisible Killer - A Factsheet on the Dangers of Carbon Monoxide (from www.usfa.fema.gov)

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Provide your tenants with everything they need to know about basic carbon monoxide safety with the Exposing an Invisible Killer fact sheet.

Document Last Modified: 10/5/2018

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Carbon Monoxide also known as the ‘Invisible Killer’ has no odor, no color, and no taste, which clarifies the nickname. Dozens of lives are lost each year to carbon monoxide poisoning. This odorless, colorless gas is lethal -- and virtually impossible to detect. Carbon Monoxide is so deadly; it can kill before having any idea that one has been exposed. This fatal gas can be caused by several sources, including fireplaces, and vehicles. Landlords can prevent this kind of senseless tragedy from their tenants by providing them with some basic safety guidelines.

Exposing an Invisible Killer - A Factsheet on the Dangers of Carbon Monoxide, explains what carbon monoxide is, what actions one should take if the carbon monoxide alarm goes off, and how to protect themselves and their family. This form introduces simple steps that tenants, or any resident, can take to help reduce the risk of a carbon monoxide leak as well as effective emergency response procedures. Staying away from using ovens or stoves as a heating source in cold weather, is one example of preventing Carbon Monoxide poisoning. It is important to know information on Carbon Monoxide because it does not discriminate, everyone is at risk for the dangers of this toxic gas.

Exposing an Invisible Killer - A Factsheet on the Dangers of Carbon Monoxide helps to educate tenants, and landlords on everything they need to know about Carbon Monoxide. This informational document must be given to the tenant at least signing. It is also a good idea to resend the fact sheet to tenants at the onset of cold weather, or at any time. This Carbon Monoxide Fact Sheet may be read at anytime and kept in records for ongoing management duties.

This brochure is for informational purposes only, and may not satisfy all state regulations. Please consult the State guidelines for required equipment, and notifications for Carbon Monoxide and other Fire Safety Equipment.

For more information visit the USFA Web site: www.usfa.fema.gov