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MAINE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY
Power Outages Continue: Carbon Monoxide Safety Urged
February 13, 2008
With thousands of Mainers still out of power from Wednesday's storm, MEMA and the Maine Center for Disease Control urge Maine citizens to be very careful using gas-powered generators, kerosene heaters or other heating or power sources. If not used safely, these devices 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:
Contact:Andrew Smith, SM, ScD Maine CDC, 287-5189
Lynette Miller, MEMA, 624-4420
Last update: 07/20/10
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