Safety hazards and
other emergencies can occur without warning, and Northern Indiana Public
Service Company (NIPSCO) crews often team up with public safety service
personnel to respond to emergencies such as fires, gas leaks and carbon
In 2016, NIPSCO
responded to more than 40,000 such emergencies. In an effort to help reduce
these hazards, NIPSCO is reminding customers to be prepared for two common
(CO) is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas that comes from burning fuels
such as coal, wood, charcoal, natural gas, and fuel oil. It can be emitted
by furnaces, generators, space heaters, stoves, fireplaces, water heaters,
and automobile exhaust.
Carbon monoxide can
be poisonous if allowed to build up in enclosed spaces. CO poisoning causes
flu-like symptoms, including headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea,
vomiting, chest pain and confusion. At high levels, it can cause loss of
consciousness and death.
If you think you
are suffering from CO poisoning, you should get fresh air immediately and
Take action to
prevent carbon monoxide poisoning:
* Have your furnace
inspected by a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC)
professional to make sure itís operating safely and efficiently.
* Install a
battery-operated CO detector in your home near the bedrooms, making sure
itís clear of furniture or draperies. Test the battery regularly.
* Do not use ovens,
gas ranges or grills to heat your home.
* Never use a
generator inside your home, basement, garage or other enclosed area.
* Never leave a car
or lawn mower engine running in a shed, garage or any enclosed space.
Natural gas is
odorless, but natural gas providers like NIPSCO add a scent similar to
rotten eggs so you can detect if thereís a leak in your home.
immediate actions if you smell natural gas:
* Do NOT light
matches, turn electrical switches on or off, or use a telephone in the
* If you smell gas
inside your home or business, get out immediately.
* From a safe
place, call 911 and NIPSCOís emergency number (800) 634-3524 to report the
leak. Remain outside until NIPSCO can send someone to check on the source of
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