Reading, PA – With winter’s wrath still holding Pennsylvania in its grip, UGI strongly urges consumers who use fuel-burning heating systems to take proper precautions to prevent Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning. A malfunctioning heating unit or other fuel-burning appliance can spread CO through your home, especially if the appliance has not recently been serviced.
In addition to fuel burning appliances, a common source of CO includes blocked or improperly lined chimneys. A significant amount of snow and ice has accumulated in the region over the past month. This can cause a blocked chimney, and residents may need to contact a qualified professional if they suspect this is the case.
Other sources of CO can include unvented space heaters, the indoor use of a charcoal barbeque grill, and the use of generators in an enclosed space.
Carbon Monoxide safety is particularly important as outside temperatures drop, homes are closed tightly and electric outages occur. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas that results from the incomplete burning of fuels such as wood, charcoal, gasoline, kerosene, oil, natural gas or propane.
Symptoms of CO poisoning include headache, fatigue, shortness of breath, nausea and dizziness. Signs within a home that an appliance may be malfunctioning and producing CO include:
Condensation on walls and windows
CO poisoning can be fatal. Individuals who think they might be experiencing symptoms of CO poisoning should immediately seek fresh air and prompt medical attention. To prevent CO poisoning, you should:
UGI Utilities has headquarters in Reading, Pennsylvania and serves 660,000 customers in 45 Pennsylvania counties and one county in Maryland. Customers interested in additional information visit the UGI website at www.ugi.com; on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ugiutilities; Twitter at www.twitter.com/ugi_utilities.
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