Michigan residents were hit with massive power outages after 60mph winter storm. Power outages exposes consumers to carbon monoxide poisoning injuries.
Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless gas that can cause sudden illness and death. CO is found in combustion fumes, such as those produced by cars and trucks, small gasoline engines, stoves, lanterns, burning charcoal and wood, and gas ranges and heating systems. CO poisoning is the leading cause of unintentional poisoning deaths in the United States every year according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) www.cdc.gov. Approximately 450 innocent people die each year from CO and over 15,000 emergency department visits are because of CO injury.
New York, NY (JusticeNewsFlash.com)–Justice carbon dioxide safety advocates say when the power goes out, the risk for poisoning increases. More than 175,000 electric customers in Michigan remained without power on Monday after a storm with 60 mph winds struck over the weekend. Utility workers across the state remain working tirelessly to restore power to residents before night fall. This destructive windstorm has extended a period of power outages across the U.S. Midwest that began a week ago when severe ice storms knocked out power across Indiana, Illinois and Ohio.
JusticeNewsFlash.com (JNF) winter safety experts consulted with the CDC regarding the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning especially during power outages. Below is a list of absolute safety guidelines when heating and cooking in your dwelling when the power is out. The following items can cause a build-up of CO causing injury, poisoning and death:
-Never use a gas range or oven for heating
-Never use a charcoal grill or a B.B.Q. grill indoors.
-Never burn charcoal indoors. Burning charcoal (red, gray, black, white) gives off CO.
-Never use a portable gas camp stove indoors.
-Never use a generator inside your home, basement, or garage
JNF carbon dioxide safety specialists in New York are urging all Americans to follow the safety guidelines suggested above when cooking and heating during a power outage. Carbon monoxide poisoning is a extremely dangerous because it is odorless and colorless. If you have been poisoned or injured by carbon monoxide because of another persons’ negligence you may be entitled to compensation.
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