Carbon monoxide is a poison of high risk that you cannot smell, see or taste, but it is deadly. Carbon monoxide enters the body through the lungs and is transported through the blood. The carbon monoxide keeps the blood from transporting the oxygen to the tissues of the body. Oxygen is essential to the functioning of the heart and the brain; lack of it can be fatal.
Unless a house is totally electric your family has a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Burning kerosene, oil, natural gas and wood can produce carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is only a problem if the appliances and equipment are not functioning properly. Worn parts and improper ventilation can cause carbon monoxide to be released in the home.