CO poisoning deaths: facts & figures

CO poisoning deaths in Minnesota:

Death is the most severe outcome of carbon monoxide poisoning. Deaths that result from unintentional CO poisoning are almost entirely preventable.


CO poisoning deaths* in Minnesota by year

*Unintentional, non-fire related.

This graph shows the numbers and age-adjusted rates of CO poisoning deaths that occurred among MN residents during years 2000-2016. The annual numbers and rates for CO poisoning deaths are decreasing overall.

The number and rate of CO deaths are likely related to the severity of winter. During cold winters, heating devices are used more often, increasing the risk of CO poisoning.


CO poisoning deaths* in Minnesota by age

*Unintentional, non-fire related, average annual during 2012 to 2016.

This graph shows CO poisoning death rates by age group during 2012-2016. Rates were highest among adults between 65 years of age and older. The rate of CO poisoning death increases with age.


CO poisoning deaths* in Minnesota by sex

*Unintentional non-fire related, average annual during 2012-2016.

This graph shows CO poisoning death rates by sex during 2012-2016. The rate of CO poisoning death is overwhelmingly higher in males than females.