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Mercy Hospital Springfield says it has already seen nine people in its emergency department with carbon monoxide exposure since the cold weather settled in. As temperatures plummet and heating bills rise, many people are turning to alternate sources of heat—and that’s prompting a warning from doctors. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson has more.
Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that can be deadly, even at low levels. According to Dr. Kenneth Larson, a trauma surgeon at Mercy, it can come from gas heaters, space heaters, fireplaces and wood stoves. A propane shortage across the Midwest has led to some people using space heaters or generators to warm their homes. And generators—like grills or other fuel burning device—can lead to CO poisoning if they’re not allowed to ventilate properly.
Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headache, nausea, confusion, and lethargy.
To protect yourself and your family, remember these three things:
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, about 170 people die each year in the United States from carbon monoxide that came from consumer products.