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 Citizens Encouraged to Protect Homes from Potential Carbon Monoxide Poison

 

CHARLESTON, W.VA. – The West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) reminds citizens to be cautious of the increased risk of Carbon Monoxide poisoning throughout the remaining winter months.

Across the country, as winter storms disrupt electrical power and regions experience below-freezing temperatures, families are forced to rely on alternative sources of heat which indirectly leads to a spike in the number of Carbon Monoxide related illnesses and fatalities.

Exposure to the gas can cause dizziness, headaches, nausea and even seizures or death. However, despite that it is colorless and odorless, there are significant opportunities for Carbon Monoxide poisoning prevention. To ensure that your family is protected from Carbon Monoxide, please take note of the following tips:

• Install a Carbon Monoxide detector and ensure that the batteries are working
• Check flues and chimneys for blockages
• Have your heating system and any gas, oil or coal burning appliances inspected by a professional each year
• DO NOT heat your house with a gas oven
• DO NOT use a charcoal grill indoors
• DO NOT idle a car or truck inside of your garage (even if the windows and doors are open)
• DO NOT use a generator inside your house or garage (use only outside, far from any open windows or vents)
• DO NOT sleep in any room with an unvented gas or kerosene space heater

Most importantly, do not ignore symptoms of Carbon Monoxide poisoning, especially if more than one person is experiencing them. If you suspect that Carbon Monoxide gas is in your house, you should treat it as you would a fire. Evacuate immediately (remember to evacuate pets, as well), call the fire department and seek urgent medical attention.

Contact: Heather Miles, 304-558-2930