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If Power is Out, Remember Carbon Monoxide Kills


October 30, 2011

10:00 AM


With over 100,000 homes and businesses out of power, Maine Emergency Management Agency and the Maine CDC are reminding Mainers to use generators and alternate heating and cooking devices safely.

Please review these safety tips and check on everyone you know, especially those who might need any kind of extra help, to make sure they are safe.

  • Generators should only be used outdoors, at least 15 feet from any windows or doors. Attached garages or outbuildings are not safe
  • Charcoal or gas grills belong outside only.
  • Use portable heaters in accordance with instructions, taking care to vent them properly as required.

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that can cause coma and death. If you or a household member are experiencing headaches, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness or confusion, and you think you might be affected by carbon monoxide:

  • Leave the building immediately and call 911 or local emergency number
  • Seek medical attention
  • Do not go back in the building until you are told it I safe to do so More safety information, and current weather alerts, are available at http:\



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