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Ohioans cautioned on dangers of carbon monoxide

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio officials are drawing attention to the dangers of carbon monoxide exposure after a higher than usual annual increase in emergency room visits and poison-control calls related to the colorless, odorless gas.

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The Ohio Department of Health and State Fire Marshal say restarting a furnace that's been idle or increased usage of generators and portable heating devices may help explain the trend.

They suggest these safety tips:

—Install a battery-powered CO detector in your home and check it every six months.

—Have your heating system, water heater and other gas, oil and coal-burning appliances serviced annually.

—Never run a car inside a garage attached to the house.

—Never heat your house with a gas oven.

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Online:

State Fire Marshall: http://www.com.ohio.gov/documents/fire_CarbonMonoxide.pdf

Centers for Disease Control: http://www.cdc.gov/co/guidelines.htm

Department of Health: http://www.odh.ohio.gov/features/odhfeatures/codangers.aspx

 

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