More and more New Jersey households are installing carbon monoxide (CO) alarms as protection against this invisible hazard. CO is a gas that is undetectable by human senses yet it can cause health problems, brain damage, and even death. When concentrations of the gas build-up, flu-like symptoms may develop, especially among younger and older individuals who are less tolerant of this poison. If your carbon monoxide alarm activates:
Gather all family members together in a predetermined meeting place and check to be sure everyone is present.
Call 911. Leave the building immediately. Do not reenter until responders say it is safe to do so.
What Carbon Monoxide (CO) Is
CO is a product of incomplete combustion.
CO is invisible. There will be no smoke or haze to betray its presence.