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Carbon monoxide poisoning risk increases during winter months

Posted On Fri, February 12, 2010

In the wake of the winter storms that have struck many areas across the country in the last week, many families may be looking for any way possible to stay warm if their power had been knocked out.

However, it is just because of that reason that the Centers for Disease Control has released a warning to consumers to be careful when using heating appliances and protect them and their family from falling victim to carbon monoxide poisoning.

According to the CDC, the most incidents of accidental CO2 poisoning occur during the winter months due to misguided attempts to stay warm. Among the more common mistakes made by consumers are using furnaces while shutting all of the windows in a house or warming up a car in a garage with the doors closed.

The CDC added that signs of CO2 poisoning can include headaches, dizziness, chest pains, and vomiting.

Being properly covered through insurers that provide both health and home insurance plans are extremely important in regard to situations that bring the risk of CO2 poisoning. While a home insurance plan may help to pay for repairs to a heating system that could result in situations where increased CO2 can build up in one's home, those who fall victim to CO2 poisoning will certainly need health insurance to receive needed care for a recovery.

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