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Due to prolonged power outages, Kentuckians are urged to be aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning due to improper use of heating or cooking devices and flooding and food safety issues. In 2010, there were 206 emergency room visits for Kentucky residents related to carbon monoxide exposures. Items such as kerosene or propane gas stoves and ovens used as alternative heat sources indoors can emit a colorless, odorless gas, called carbon monoxide, as a by-product, and improper use can cause carbon monoxide poisoning.

The Kentucky Department for Public Health advises Kentuckians to follow these steps taken from guidelines issued by the National Center for Environmental Health to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning:

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention's carbon monoxide poisoning guidelines 
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Preventions's tornado safety 

Citizens are encouraged to avoid downed power lines, and to report downed lines to their local utility provider or 911.

 Safety Tips Downloadables

Chainsaw Safety3/5/2012 9:02 AM198 KB
Portable Generator Hazard Poster 23/5/2012 9:02 AM49 KB
Portable Generator Hazard Poster3/5/2012 7:02 AM44 KB
Protecting Yourself from Cold Stress3/5/2012 9:02 AM559 KB
Wash Your Hands Afte a Disaster Poster3/5/2012 9:05 AM92 KB

 

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