Austin (KXAN) – Despite unusually warm, record-breaking December temperatures, we’re headed for the coldest months of the year. With that in mind, there’s a threat many central Texans aren’t really prepared for – carbon monoxide poisoning. Meteorologist Sean Kelly spoke with David Whiting, a retired Assistant to the Chief of the Columbus Fire Department to discuss the dangers.
Carbon monoxide poisonings often occur after major storms, in which people lose power and seek alternative sources of electricity; they usually include generators or cars. For example, our historic February hurricane left millions of residents without power, leading to one of the largest carbon monoxide poisoning events in recent US history due to people improperly using this alternative source for energy. According to the Texas Tribune, at least 17 people died from carbon monoxide poisoning and more than 1,400 were hospitalized.
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