Carbon monoxide (CO) has been called the invisible killer because it is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, toxic gas. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 15,000 people per year are treated for carbon monoxide poisoning in the U.S., and approximately 500 of these poisonings result in death.
Occasionally, we hear of a person or family killed or injured by carbon monoxide poisoning from a faulty furnace or other gas-burning appliance. In most cases, these deaths and injuries could be prevented by installing CO detectors. In spite of this simple solution, there are no requirements in the building codes for CO alarms in homes. And tragically, this oversight is ignored by most municipal building departments.