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Safety tips to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning

Austin, Texas – November 16, 2021 – Texas Gas Service is sharing carbon monoxide tips to help keep communities safe.

“Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless and tasteless gas created by the incomplete or improper burning of fuel and can occur any time of year,” said Matt Carlquist, safety and health manager for Texas Gas Service. “It’s important to remember CO doesn’t just come from gas appliances; it can also come from vehicle exhaust and the improper use of generators, grills and space heaters.”

5 Tips to Reduce Potential Carbon Monoxide Exposure

1. Install and maintain a carbon monoxide detector, which are available at most retail stores.

2. Pay attention to the flame color on your natural gas appliances. A yellow flame, instead of a blue flame, is a potential warning sign that the appliance is not operating or venting properly. If you see a yellow flame, turn off your burner and call 800-959-5325.

3. Never use a natural gas range or outdoor space heater to heat your home.

4. Check for proper ventilation of your appliances and chimney flues.

5. Practice regular maintenance. Clean or replace your furnace filters regularly and have a qualified contractor inspect your heating equipment and natural gas appliances annually.

Know the symptoms of carbon monoxide exposure:

• Flu-like symptoms

• Headache

• Dizziness

• Ringing in the ears

• Fatigue

• Vomiting

What to do if exposed to carbon monoxide?

In some circumstances, carbon monoxide exposure can be deadly. If you experience the symptoms mentioned above or suspect the presence of carbon monoxide, immediately leave the house or building, then call 911 to request medical assistance.

Visit TexasGasService.com/carbonmonoxide for information and tips.

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