By the Numbers

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Risks

Date First Published on SafetySmart Compliance: January 22nd, 2013
Topics: Airborne Contaminants |

15,200 Estimated annual number of persons treated with confirmed or possible non-fire-related CO exposure

480 Number of persons who die from non-fire-related CO poisoning each year on average

69 Average number of CO poisoning fatalities in January (compared to 21 in June)

2,511 Average number of nonfatal CO poisoning in the month of January (compared to 510 in June)

64% Percentage of nonfatal CO exposures that occur in the home

2.7% The average number of men that die of CO poisoning for each female CO fatality

18.5% CO exposure incidents associated with faulty furnaces

9% CO exposure incidents associated with motor vehicles

9.3% Percentage of patients that had a CO detector at home

100%  Percentage who reported that they were alerted by the CO detector

Source: The Journal of the American Medical Association