Carbon monoxide — a colorless, tasteless and odorless gas — is a by-product of fuel combustion that can be created by typical heating fuels.
Carbon monoxide can build up to a dangerous level if a fuel-burning appliance is not operating properly, or is not safely venting fuel combustion by-products. For instance, dangerous levels of carbon monoxide can be produced from improperly vented furnaces, plugged or cracked chimneys, water heaters, space heaters, fireplaces, stoves, and tail pipes.
High levels of carbon monoxide indoors can be dangerous to your health, and can cause serious illness or death if inhaled in large concentrations. Everyone is at risk of exposure to carbon monoxide; however, people with health problems, seniors, pregnant women, and infants are at higher risk.
Signs of carbon monoxide poisoning are:
New York City requires the installation and maintenance of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms. Both property owners and tenants have responsibilities to ensure that all New Yorkers remain safe in their homes from the dangers of fire and carbon monoxide poisoning.
Through its Fire Safety Education Program and FDNYsmart.org, the FDNY provides tools and resources that educate New Yorkers about fire prevention, including information about carbon monoxide.