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State Police Offer Tips On Avoiding CO Poisoning

Last updated on Thursday, January 17, 2008

(UNDATED) - With the winter heating season in full swing, state police statewide are warning Hoosiers about the dangers of carbon monoxide, and how to keep themselves and families safe.

Carbon monoxide dangers increase during the winter months with houses being closed up and fuel-burning furnaces running.

Police officials say to watch for symptoms that resemble the flu without the fever like nausea, vomiting, headache, and confusion.

Also, dizziness, irregular breathing, weakness and drowsiness are also signs, especially if they go away when you leave a certain building but return when you come back in.

Officials recommend getting a good carbon monoxide detector, have your heating system inspected every year, and never warm up your vehicle in the garage, even if the door is open.

These steps, they say, can help you from becoming a statistic.

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