As temperatures drop, risk of carbon monoxide poisoning rises

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As temperatures drop, the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning begins to rise.

Carbon monoxide incidents happen more often during colder months since heating systems run more frequently.

“Once you start turning your furnaces on and your heating systems, now is the time when you want to really look out for carbon monoxide.”

Rocky’s Ace Hardware in Springfield told 22News, carbon monoxide alarm sales are up during this time of year. They suggest homeowners place one alarm per floor including one by the furnace which is usually in the basement. 

“Because carbon is not something you can smell or see or hear…and if you don’t have any way to detect it, it could harm you,” Assistant manager Mitchell Johnson warns. “It’s something that you really want to look out for to protect your family with.”

And there are steps you can take to help protect yourself and your household.

Johnson told 22News, air filters are necessary for furnaces to run efficiently and should be changed every three months, especially during the winter months. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include fatigue, dizziness, nausea and vomiting.

A quiet killer, more than 400 people die each year in the U.S. from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said carbon monoxide poisoning is entirely preventable.

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