A guide to carbon monoxide...

Carbon monoxide sources
Where it comes from

There have been carbon monoxide sources and carbon monoxide poisonings dating back to times when people lived in caves.

In the modern world, there are an almost unlimited number of carbon monoxide sources.

Carbon monoxide is formed by the incomplete combustion of materials containing carbon and can be produced by virtually anything that burns.

The more efficient the combustion process, the less carbon monoxide is produced.

Carbon monoxide is a common by-product of fuels that burn such as gasoline, diesel, propane, natural gas, kerosene, wood, coal, charcoal, alcohol, and others.

In addition to carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, particulates, and other toxins are also produced during combustion.

Building and house fires produce a significant amounts of carbon monoxide along with a massive number of other airborn toxins (from plastics and building materials).

Internal combustion engines produce carbon monoxide - much more during the start-up of a cold engine or when an engine is not properly maintained/out of tune.

Usually the by-products of combustion are safely vented outside a building, vehicle, or area.

However, if anything disrupts the normal ventilation process or disrupts the normal burning process or pulls exhaust gases from an outside source, then carbon monoxide levels can rise rapidly, exposing people to the dangers of carbon monoxide.

See sources of one-time carbon monoxide poisonings

See sources of multiple low level carbon monoxide poisonings

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