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LANE COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH SEES SPIKE IN CARBON MONOXIDE POISONINGS; WARNS COMMUNITY OF DANGER DURING POWER OUTAGES

News Release from Lane Co. Government

Posted on FlashAlert: January 18th, 2024 11:43 AM

Lane County Public Health has seen a dramatic increase of hospitalizations due to Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning the month of January (12) and is encouraging community members to take preventive measures. This is especially important information during a power outage as some households may be relying on an alternative power source indoors.

CO is an odorless, colorless gas that can kill you. It is found in fumes produced any time you burn fuel in cars/trucks, small engines, stoves, lanterns, grills, fireplaces, gas ranges, furnaces, or generators. CO can build up indoors and poison people and animals who breathe it.

The symptoms of CO poisoning are headache, dizziness, weakness, upset stomach, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion. If you or someone you know are experiencing these symptoms, go outside immediately and call 911. If you are unable to go outside, open a window or door and stand there while calling 911.

To prevent CO poisoning, make sure anything that burns fuel (gas generators, etc.), are at least 20 feet from doors, window, and vents. Additionally, make sure the CO detectors in your home have fresh batteries and are operational.

For more information on CO poisoning, please visit (English):

https://www.cdc.gov/co/copoisoningfactsheet.html
Or (Spanish):

https://www.cdc.gov/co/pdfs/campaign_flyer_ES.pdf

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