Check For Carbon Monoxide

February 03, 2016

The carbon monoxide poisoning of a family of eight early Wednesday morning in Newell demonstrates the need for everyone to check their furnace vent pipes.

Buena Vista County Emergency Management coordinator Aimee Barritt says the recent heavy snowfall and drifting can result in blocked vent pipes… which can lead to a carbon monoxide build up inside the home. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that can be deadly.

Symptoms include nausea, headaches, dizziness, lethargy, shortness of breath, and fatigue. Barritt says if you experience any of these symptoms, you should leave the building and call 911. For your safety, your home should also have a carbon monoxide detector. Barritt says everyone is urged to check their furnace vent pipes and remove any snow and ice that have built up.