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Posted on: September 28, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Residents Need to be Aware of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Efforts will soon be underway in Linn County for flood cleanup and residents in and around flooded areas are urged to take precautions to help prevent disease and stay safe.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless and toxic gas. Because it is impossible to see, taste or smell the toxic fumes, CO can cause illness or even death before an individual is aware they are being exposed. The most common symptoms of CO poisoning are headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion. High levels of CO ingestion may cause loss of consciousness or death. Improper use of gas-powered generators and other power equipment while cleaning up after a flood can increase the risk of CO poisoning.

Linn County Public Health reminds residents to not operate generators inside their homes. Generators should be placed a minimum of 20 feet away from the exterior of a structure and any open doors and windows.

If you feel sick or dizzy, go outside to fresh air immediately. If CO poisoning is suspected, consult a health care professional right away.


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