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Take steps to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning
By Susan Dunlap
Frankfort, KY - With recent winter temperatures below freezing, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH), an agency within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), wants to remind residents to take action to prevent carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.
"As we move into the winter months, cold weather and weather-related power outages are more likely to result in Kentuckians using generators and gas grills to provide heat. CO created by these heat sources is odorless and deadly so it is important to follow proper safety precautions and use CO detectors to keep our families safe. Working together, we can keep ourselves and our loved ones informed and safe while keeping warm this winter," said Dr. Steven Stack, KDPH commissioner.
Since 2011, Kentucky law has required CO detectors in newly constructed one and two-family dwellings, townhomes less than three stories, apartment buildings, dormitories, adult/child care facilities and assisted living facilities that contain a fuel-burning-appliance or an attached garage.
In Kentucky, CO poisoning sends an average of 217 people per year to the emergency room, according to data from the Kentucky's Environmental Public Health Tracking Program.
Data from the National Environmental Public Health Tracking Program tells us that from 2014-2018 an average of 16 Kentuckians die every year from unintentional CO poisoning. These deaths and trips to the emergency room for CO poisoning are preventable when people are prepared.
DPH's mission is to improve the health and safety of people in Kentucky through prevention, promotion and protection. Officials at DPH strongly encourage residents to follow these guidelines below to prevent injury, illness or death:
Carbon Monoxide Safety
More information about CO poisoning can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website at https://www.cdc.gov/co/default.htm and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission at https://www.cpsc.gov/s3fs-public/464.pdf
Kentucky's Environmental Public Health Tracking Network (EPHTN) was created in 2002 and is one of 26 CDC funded sites. With this funding, Kentucky has created a robust health and environmental data portal that informs consumers, communities, public health practitioners, researchers and policy makers on chronic diseases and related environmental hazards and population exposures. Kentucky's data portal, EnviroHealthLink.org has Kentucky specific information on such topics as radon, social vulnerability, injury and mortality, air and water quality, COVID Community Vulnerability Index, and much more. This data can be used for research, grant writing, student project/papers, strategic planning, needs assessments. Curious about the health in your county? Check out Community Snapshot Reports. Kentucky health or environmental data can be found at EnviroHealthLink.org or via email at email@example.com.
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