Another possible fire related poison concern is the risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. CO gas can build up if a fire is burning in a confined, poorly ventilated area or there is an obstructed chimney. People who are at highest risk of CO poisoning include children, pregnant women and persons with chronic problems such as asthma or heart disease.
You can protect your family from CO poisoning by having a carbon monoxide detector near all sleeping areas on each level of your home, near attached garages, and between 15-25 feet from fuel-burning appliances and fireplaces. Also make sure that the flue is open and functioning when using an indoor fireplace or wood stove and remember to have routine chimney inspection and cleaning.
For any questions or concerns about campfire and fireplace poison safety, call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. Specially trained nurses and pharmacists are available 24/7/365 to answer your questions. The service is free and confidential.