Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Carbon monoxide poisoning is a particular hazard this time of year. This gas is invisible and odorless. Malfunctioning furnaces and vehicles left running in attached garages are common causes of carbon monoxide poisoning in your home.
Carbon monoxide poisoning feels like the flu, but more serious levels can cause difficulty breathing, unconsciousness and even death.
Poisoning results from the carbon monoxide replacing the oxygen in your bloodstream.
Suggested precautions you can take:
Fires caused by candles are becoming more common and more costly every year. For example: the NFPA tells us that more home fires were started by candles in 1995 than in any of the previous 15 years....an average of 6,780 home fires reported to fire departments each year were started by candles.
Homes, dormitories, churches and hotels all experienced losses from fires started by candles.
Bedrooms are the most common place that candles cause fires, followed by fires in living rooms, bathrooms, kitchens and dining rooms.
Candles can be a deadly combination with children, combustible materials like curtains, tablecloths, mattresses, newspapers, rugs, towels - anything that can burn. We fail to recognize that our beautiful candle is a true source of heat and flame. Candles are left unattended, burning in the other room - just waiting for the cat or the child to knock it over and ignite almost anything it comes into contact with. Candles can lull us to sleep while they just keep burning...often with dire consequences.
Try to avoid using extension cords, but when you have to make sure they are: