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Winter Warmth Can Produce Invisible Killer

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As temperatures start to fall, the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning rises.

Fire prevention week runs through Saturday, October 12, and part of the message being spread across the country is how to detect and prevent CO poisoning.

This year the theme of the week is kitchen fires. Incomplete burning produces CO, making the kitchen a main culprit.

Authorities caution against using a gas stove as a space heater, and urge citizens to ensure air vents are not blocked by snow.

"You need to know where carbon monoxide can be generated from; what are the sources," said Bob Dwyer, a CO safety educator, "That's most important. Be aware of your surroundings."

Dwyer also warns that warming up a car in an attached garage during the winter months can be lethal due to CO build-up.

For more information on what to look out for and where to go for CO detectors, click here.

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