Winter is approaching and temperatures continue to drop, so it's important to stay safe and watch out for carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning,. The Broome County Health Department wants to remind you, not to misuse your heating devices and make sure that you have working CO detectors.

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Did you know that around 430 people in the US die every year from accidental CO poisoning? It's no joke, CO exposure can make you pass out and lead to death. Look out for symptoms like headaches, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion.

One incident in 2018 took the life of Lee Norris from Binghamton. His family has organized a golf tournament in his memory. They raise money to donate CO detectors to the Healthy Neighborhoods Program of the Broome County Health Department and the United Way.

These detectors were given to low-income households all across Broome County. Did you know in New York State, that Amanda's Law requires CO detectors to be installed in all  kinds of homes with fuel-burning appliances, systems, or attached garages.

Tips To Keep You Safe From Carbon Monoxide Prisoning

Make sure you've got a CO detector in the right spot and check the batteries every month. Safety first! Stay away from using your oven or stove to heat your house. That's a big no-no. Don't use gas or kerosene space heaters without the proper ventilation and keep those doors open.

Here's some other things to keep in mind. Don't run your generator, vehicle, lawn mower, or any fuel-powered engine indoors or near your house. That's just asking for trouble.

Last but not least, save the grilling for outdoors. Charcoal or gas grills should never be used inside or near open windows and doors. Stay smart and safe my friends because I want you around for a long time. There is someone (besides me) that will miss you if you're gone. Your safety matters!

8 Easy Tips To Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon Monoxide (CO) is colorless, scentless, and tasteless and if inhaled in large quantities can be deadly. As winter approaches these are some simple tips to keep in mind to prevent CO poisoning.

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