As winter moves
into Northwest Indiana, NIPSCO is reminding customers of the importance of
maintaining a safe home heating system.
inspection is essential for every home’s furnace to ensure that it’s working
efficiently and to keep folks safe from such hazards as carbon monoxide (CO)
Carbon monoxide is
an odorless, colorless, tasteless, non-corrosive gas produced as a byproduct
of 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.
“The most common
symptoms of CO poisoning are flu-like, including headache, dizziness,
weakness, nausea, vomiting, chest pain and confusion,” NIPSCO said. “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 call
* Install a
battery-operated CO detector in your home near the bedrooms, making sure
it’s 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 or partially
* Never leave a car
or lawn mower engine running in a shed, garage or any enclosed space.
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