November is carbon monoxide awareness month

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan has signed a proclamation declaring November as Carbon Monoxide Awareness month in the state.

State Fire Marshal William Degnan and New Hampshire Association of Fire Chiefs' president David Parenti want to warn residents about the dangers of carbon monoxide levels in homes.

Degnan says carbon monoxide is produced whenever any fuel such as gas, oil, kerosene, wood or charcoal is burned, and the potential for elevated levels exists during the winter.

In New Hampshire this year, there have been four fatalities due to carbon monoxide exposure.

Degnan and Parenti advise having a trained professional inspect, clean and tune-up furnaces and chimneys annually; installing carbon monoxide alarms with battery backup outside of sleeping areas; not using a gas oven to heat the home - even for a short time - and not using gasoline-powered engines, such as generators, in enclosed spaces, including the garage. Fire officials recommend locating generators at least 10 feet from the house.

"Unvented space heaters should never be used as a primary source of heat," Parenti said. "Should your family need the extra warmth and use an unvented space heater, be sure to install a carbon monoxide alarm."


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