With winter upon us and the temperatures dropping, the risk of someone suffering carbon monoxide poisoning increases. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, approximately 140 people die every year as a result of exposure to carbon monoxide, an odorless and colorless gas. Most times this happens during power outages; January and February are the months most likely to experience this. However, you may be able to help avoid carbon monoxide poisoning by following some safety tips. Here are 6 tips for avoiding exposure to carbon monoxide:
- hire a trained service technician to inspect and service your home heating system;
- never use a portable generator indoors (house or garage);
- never use a charcoal grill, oven or gas range for heating;
- use battery-operated carbon monoxide detectors (with battery backup) outside each sleeping area;
- keep fireplace damper open before you light a fire and keep open until ashes have cooled; and
- know the symptoms of carbon monoxide exposure (nausea, vomiting, headache, dizziness, weakness, confusion, sleepiness).
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