Keep your family safe from carbon monoxide

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Next week is Carbon Monoxide Safety and Awareness Week in Michigan; the perfect time to take a hard look at our homes and make sure we are doing everything we can to protect our families from the dangers of carbon monoxide. Today we have Roger Morgenstern with Consumers Energy here with Lt. Andy Albright from Cascade Township Fire Department.

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Gov. Whitmer has proclaimed the week of Nov. 4-10 as Carbon Monoxide Safety and Awareness Week, with a goal of educating Michigan residents and raising awareness about CO, its signs, symptoms along with steps to prevent CO poisoning, including the most important: installing audible CO alarms in homes and businesses.

Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips

  • Change furnace air filters at least once every other month during the heating season
  • Never leave supplemental heater or fireplace unattended
  • Never use a generator in a basement, enclosed garage, breezeway or near air intakes 
  • Never leave snowblowers or lawn equipment running in an enclosed space
  • Never use gas stoves or charcoal grill to heat a building

How to prevent Carbon Monoxide leaks

  • Get your heating system, water heater and any other gas, oil or coal burning appliances checked by a qualified technician every year
  • Don’t leave a car or truck running inside an attached garage, even if you leave the garage doors open
  • Don’t burn anything in a stove or fireplace that isn’t vented

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Symptoms

  • Dizzy
  • Light-headed
  • Nauseous
  • Confused
  • Headache

LEARN MORE: ConsumersEnergy.com/cosafety

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