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Beware of carbon monoxide risk

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) –   With heaters running nearly around the clock, the danger for carbon monoxide poisoning rises.

All fuel-burning heat sources produce carbon monoxide, so it's important to have proper ventilation on all gas heaters, fireplaces and other non-electric heating sources.

What makes carbon monoxide so deadly is that it's colorless and odorless and you often don't even know you're being poisoned. 

Emergency Medical workers say that's why carbon monoxide detectors are so important.  

"Some of the first signs of symptoms you're gonna see is dizziness, headaches, nausea, vomiting, lethargy. If any of that...bright red, cherry red skin...you need to immediately get outside of the residence if you're inside a residence or building. Get some fresh air and call EMS," said EMT Phillip Jackson.

It's also a good time to make sure you have working smoke detectors in your home, especially if you're using a fireplace as a heat source.

 

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