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The Silent Killer - Carbon Monoxide Poisoning


With the cold weather frosting over the area you're going to want to crank that heat, but warming up your car, heating your home, or even keeping warm while ice fishing can put you at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning.

This odorless, colorless gas is released when you use anything with a combustion process. Things like a furnace, generator or car exhaust are common places that release CO. Jared Thompson of the Wausau Fire Department said, if you're heating up your car, make sure you heat it up outside of your garage.

"Even if you have the garage door open, the vehicle should be outside of the garage, especially if it's attached to the house," said Thompson. "If you have a garage that's underneath a bedroom, those gases can seep through drywall seams and especially to the occupant above the garage...It can set off CO alarms or cause mild levels of CO poisoning."

It is state law to have carbon monoxide detectors on every level of your home.

If your weekend plans have you itching to get out on the frozen lakes and rivers for a little ice fishing you'll want to make sure you are prepared to stay warm, as well as, monitor those CO levels if you're using a gas generator. Try to get one with a CO shut-off sensor, said Thompson. Have something that can check to make sure CO levels in the area are safe. He added to make sure your shelter is properly ventilated.

Symptoms of CO poisoning include headaches, dizziness, nausia and vomiting. Thompson advised, if you or someone around you experiences these symptoms or your detector sounds to call 9-1-1 immediately and get out of the area, even if it looks safe.


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