Carbon monoxide, also known as “CO”, is a highly toxic gas that is fatal in large doses. Moreover, it is colorless, odorless and non-irritating, resulting from the incomplete combustion of fuels such as natural gas, coal, oil, wood and other combustibles. There are many sources of CO emissions, from heating systems to internal combustion engines and industrial equipment.

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Published on 4 March 2024

Carbon Monoxide (CO)

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Carbon monoxide, a subject not to be neglected

Carbon monoxide spreads rapidly through the air. Its rapid spread underlines the need to understand the associated risks. What’s more, when you inhale carbon monoxide, it enters the lungs. This reduces the flow of oxygen to vital organs, with potentially serious health consequences.


The right gestures to adopt

Most carbon monoxide poisoning is associated with appliances such as water heaters, heating systems, fireplaces and thermal generators. To limit exposure to this dangerous gas, we recommend a number of preventive measures.

In the first instance, it is advisable to call in professionals to install these devices. In addition, annual maintenance of installed equipment is essential. Calling in the professionals for this operation ensures that the equipment works properly, and helps prevent any CO leaks.

Adopt the right gestures:

  • Observe the operating instructions for fuel-burning appliances
  • Do not use appliances designed for outdoor use in the home.
  • Maintain your installations every year, before winter arrives
  • Install a carbon monoxide detector


Find out how to minimize CO

This white paper will help you minimize the risks associated with CO emissions. It will also guide you in the right steps to take in the event of poisoning.