Carbon Monoxide 101

Published in February 2019

The Colorado Parks & Wildlife Division’s Boating Safety Unit produces a brochure about carbon monoxide poisoning, letting people know that:

  1. Carbon monoxide is a potentially deadly gas that is produced any time a carbon-based fuel, such as gasoline, propane, charcoal or oil burns. On boats, it can come from gasoline engines, generators, cooking ranges, and space and water heaters.
  2. Carbon monoxide is odorless, colorless and tasteless and mixes evenly with the air. It enters the bloodstream through the lungs and displaces the oxygen your body needs.
  3. Early signs of carbon monoxide position include headache, nausea, weakness and dizziness. Prolonged exposure to low concentrations or very short exposure to high concentrations can lead to death.