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MAINE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY
Safety Urged as Power is Restored
November 26, 2008
With power outages affecting many areas of the state, and some roads still closed due to flooding and downed trees, safety precautions are urged.
"The Governor has declared a State of Emergency to assist in the power restoration process," MEMA Director Rob McAleer said. "We can all make sure that we and our family and friends stay safe by observing safety precautions."
"A lot of folks are without power following this storm," McAleer said. "If everything is okay at your house, check on neighbors, family and friends to make sure they are staying warm safely."
Carbon Monoxide Safety information from the MaineCDC:
Maine citizens should be very careful using gas-powered generators, kerosene heaters or other heating or power sources during power outages. If not used safely, they can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas formed when burning most types of fuels. Using gas-powered generators, kerosene heaters, charcoal grills, and gas grills can cause poisoning if CO gas builds-up in closed in spaces. Warning signs of CO poisoning are flu symptoms like headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, drowsiness, and confusion, but without a fever. Carbon monoxide poisoning can cause coma and death. Every year, more than 500 people die in the U.S. due to CO poisoning.
How To Prevent CO Poisoning During Power Outages:
If You Suspect CO Poisoning:
If you or anyone in the home thinks you are being poisoned by carbon monoxide:
Last update: 07/20/10
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