Fire officials warn of carbon monoxide poisoning with generator use

Lt. Tressa Miller with Lane Fire Authority said to never use a generator or anything powered by propane inside your home.

Posted: Mar 3, 2019 5:26 PM
Updated: Mar 4, 2019 12:27 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- With so many in Lane County using generators during the storm, fire officials want you to use caution.

Lt. Tressa Miller with Lane Fire Authority said to never use a generator or anything powered by propane inside your home.

Miller said it needs to be at least 20 feet away from any open doors or windows...even vents.

She also suggests when using a generator to have a battery powered co-alarm alarm near where you sleep to wake you up if levels get too high.

The CDC said more than 500 Americans die every year due to carbon monoxide poisoning.

“CO poisoning can kill you,” Miller said. “One of the worst things about it is that its colorless and odorless so you're not going to notice the signs and symptoms until it’s pretty...pretty severe."

She said the early signs to look out for are chest pains, headaches, nausea, and vomiting.

She said a later, more severe sign is rosy red cheeks.

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