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For Release: January 28, 2010
Contact: Leslea Bennett-Webb
Office of Communications

Radio Public Service Message

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention

30 seconds – Announcer Read

NOTE: Radio public service directors: In preparation for this week’s winter weather, many Oklahomans may have purchased portable generators to assist as alternative power sources if there is a power outage. These generators produce carbon monoxide, an odorless, colorless, poisonous gas that can kill you in minutes. Please utilize the following public service message regarding the use of these generators.

This is an important message from the Oklahoma State Department of Health. During a power outage, never use generators, grills, or other gasoline-, propane-, or charcoal-burning devices inside your home, garage, or carport or near doors, windows, or vents. These products produce carbon monoxide, an odorless, colorless gas that kills more than 500 Americans each year. Seek immediate medical attention if experiencing the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning including headaches, fatigue, dizziness, shortness of breath, and nausea. 


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