Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning can happen at your cabin, while you’re camping, or in your vacation rental. Stay safe this summer with these carbon monoxide safety tips.
Summer CO FAQs
What is carbon monoxide (CO)?
Carbon monoxide is a colourless, odourless, and tasteless gas produced by burning carbon fuels like propane, natural gas, oil, wood, charcoal, alcohol, kerosene, or gasoline. Exposure to CO interferes with the body’s ability to absorb oxygen, which can result in serious illness or death.
What are the sources of CO?
Camping and RV
If you are camping in a tent, trailer or RV, appliances like barbecues, oil lamps, portable heaters and stoves, can generate carbon monoxide. Another common source of CO is the exhaust from a vehicle engine or a generator.
Cabin and vacation rentals
In a cabin or vacation rental, gas-fired furnaces, boilers, hot water tanks, stoves, dryers, and fireplaces can generate carbon monoxide. Only a carbon monoxide alarm will detect the presence of CO. Make sure the vacation rental lists a CO detector, or pack a portable one.
Gas-powered engines on boats, including onboard generators, produce carbon monoxide. On larger boats, such as houseboats, CO can buildup on or near the swim deck, inside the cabin or in any open area.
Towing a tube behind a boat using a short rope can give riders carbon monoxide poisoning.
How to prevent carbon monoxide exposure on your summer vacation
- Pack a portable carbon monoxide detector
- Leave fuel-burning appliances outside
- Don't ignore the sound of a CO alarm
Visit our carbon monoxide page for more details on CO poisoning symptoms, what to do if you suspect a CO leak and key prevention tips.Learn more