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Tuesday, October 21, 2014 21:45
Friday, December 11, 2009 16:00
Cold Weather hazards
Cold Weather Hazards
The use of
Portable Electric Heaters
has become very prevalent over the last few years. Please be extremely wary of using them around children and pets as any accidental contact with the heater can cause severe burns. Portable Electric Heaters should also be kept far enough away from curtains to prevent accidental ignition and a potential house fire.
Do not leave them turned on in unoccupied spaces
The indoor use of any Fuel Powered Portable Heater is
. Grays Harbor County Emergency Management recommends that you
DO NOT USE
any fuel powered portable heating equipment in your home.
Carbon Monoxide is an odorless, invisible gas that can kill. Carbon Monoxide is produced when burning fuels such as gasoline, propane, oil, kerosene, natural gas, coal or wood.
Even though this practice may seem strange,
ALWAYS LEAVE A WINDOW OPEN ½ TO 1”
for ventilation if you use these types of heaters.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning can strike suddenly and without warning. Physical symptoms of
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
may include headache, nausea, vomiting, lethargy and fatigue. If you or a family member believes that they could be experiencing carbon monoxide poisoning,
get out of the property and call 911 immediately
from a neighbor's home
NEVER refill any fuel powered portable heater indoors
use your oven, range or stove to heat your home. Open flames and hot burners are dangerous. Leaving the oven door open is also a dangerous practice.
Grays Harbor County Emergency Management is requesting that all residents with fireplaces, have their
chimney and flue checked regularly
for missing mortar, bird nests etc. Chimney fires are common and can cause extensive damage to your home and harm to your family. Remember to extinguish all fires prior to going to sleep.