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Use Generators Safely to Avoid Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
November 8, 2010
With thousands of homes still out of power from last night's wind storm, Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) remind Maine citizens to be very careful using gas-powered generators, kerosene heaters or other heating or power sources during power outages.
Earlier today, Governor John Baldacci declared a limited State of Emergency to allow power restoration crews to work longer hours. However, even with in-state crews working hard and additional crews coming in from other States, power will not be restored to all areas tonight.
If not used safely, generators and alternate heating appliances can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas formed when burning most types of fuels. Using gas-powered generators, kerosene heaters, charcoal grills, and gas grills can cause poisoning if CO gas builds-up in closed in spaces. Warning signs of CO poisoning are flu symptoms like headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, drowsiness, and confusion, but without a fever. Carbon monoxide poisoning can cause coma and death. Every year, more than 500 people die in the U.S. due to CO poisoning.
How To Prevent CO Poisoning During Power Outages:
If You Suspect CO Poisoning:
If you or anyone in the home thinks you are being poisoned by carbon monoxide:
Last update: 07/20/10
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