General Information

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning and Boating

Carbon monoxide poisoning can also occur outdoors in fresh air and has been linked with on-board electricity generators and propulsion engines on houseboats.

Clinical Education

Clinical Guidance for Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning After a Disaster


The symptoms and signs of carbon monoxide poisoning are variable and nonspecific. More »

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Clinical Education

This program is designed to enhance diagnosis, reporting, and treatment of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning by clinicians and healthcare providers. Upon successful completion of the program, participants will be able to: describe the epidemiology of CO poisoning, identify mechanisms of CO toxicity, describe the clinical aspects of CO poisoning, identify the symptoms of CO poisoning, and explain the treatment of CO poisoning. More »

Protect yourself from carbon monoxide poisoning after an emergency, such as a hurricane or flood. More »

Placing a generator 15 feet away may not be far enough from your home to keep CO out. [Video] More »

Preview of Flyer: Say No to CO!: Proper use of pressure washers and generators

CDC flyers and door-hangers about the hazards and proper use of generators and pressure washers. More »

Frequently asked Questions about Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

CDC’s Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Fact Sheet


Prevention Guidance

Prevention Guidelines: You Can Prevent Carbon Monoxide Exposure
Do’s and Don’ts for preventing carbon monoxide exposure
Radio and television Public Service Announcements on carbon monoxide

Small Gasoline Powered Engines: Carbon Monoxide Hazards

People using gasoline-powered tools such as high-pressure washers, floor buffers, welders, pumps, compressors, and generators in semi-enclosed spaces can be poisoned by carbon monoxide. More ».

Page last reviewed: August 29, 2017