Data from the Center of Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) National Center for Health Statistics indicates that in 2017, 399 people in the U.S. died of unintentional non-fire carbon monoxide poisoning. One key risk-mitigation step is installing a CO detector. (Shutterstock/ALM archives) Data from the Center of Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) National Center for Health Statistics indicates that in 2017, 399 people in the U.S. died of unintentional non-fire carbon monoxide poisoning. One key risk-mitigation step is installing a CO detector. (Shutterstock/ALM archives)

Often dubbed the “silent killer,” carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas released from poorly working furnaces or gasoline-powered equipment that can lead to tragic results.

Any organization that maintains a building has an obligation to protect those inside the facility from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. If it doesn’t, that negligence can lead to major injuries and costly lawsuits.

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