Winter is coming, and along with it, an increased risk for carbon monoxide poisoning.
Each year, more than 400 Americans die from unintentional CO poisoning.
Plus, over 20,000 go to the emergency room, and 4,000 are hospitalized because of CO exposure.
Alaska ranks #2 among the top 5 states with most CO poisoning related fatalities in the US.
SafeWise analyzed carbon monoxide poisoning data from the CDC Data from 1999-2016 to find CO poisoning fatality rates in every state.
Check out “The Safest and Most Dangerous States for CO Poisoning Report” here
The top 5 deadliest states for CO Poisoning are in northern altitudes, with elevations of 1,900+ ft
Hurricanes and other extreme-weather events can lead to higher numbers of CO poisoning incidents because of the use of temporary power sources like generators (which could explain why Southern States had the highest incidents of CO Poisoning in the country) According to a recent SafeWise survey of 5000 Americans, 38% of females were concerned about carbon monoxide poisoning compared to 33% of males; however, 71% of carbon monoxide poisoning victims are male. Only 37% of 35-54 year old survey respondents were concerned about carbon monoxide poisoning, even though 42% of carbon monoxide poisoning victims fall within that age group.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Stats & Facts
– CO poisoning is more common in the winter; heating systems are responsible for 34% of all CO accidents.
– Overall, engine-driven tools (like generators, snow blowers, etc.) are the main source (42%) of non-fire-related CO poisoning in the US.
– Carbon monoxide poisoning is the second-leading cause of poisoning death in the US, after drugs.
– Men are nearly three times more likely to die of CO poisoning than women.
– White Americans over the age of 45 are the predominant victims of CO poisoning
– Rural locales are least afflicted with accidental CO poisoning—only 18% of incidents occurred in rural towns (compared to 62% in urban cities and 19% in the ‘burbs).