Indoor Winter Safety
Thursday, November 18: Indoor Winter Safety
Carbon Monoxide - Deadly Winter Hazard
Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning can happen at any time of the year, but the danger is greater during the winter when doors and windows stay closed and fireplaces, gas heaters, or other fuel burning appliances are in use. In addition, people can also be exposed to deadly CO levels when “warming up” their cars in garages or keeping them running when stuck in snow.
To view data for CO poisonings in Minnesota, including hospitalizations, emergency department visits, and deaths go to: Minnesota Public Health Data Access - Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Consumer Project Safety Commissioner (CPSC): How to Protect Your Family from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Carbon Monoxide Alarms
There are some simple steps homeowners can take to protect themselves against two potential killers: carbon monoxide and the toxic smoke associated with fire.
Several factors lead to increased concerns about mold during the winter months. Moisture conditions indoors can lead to the growth of molds and mildews. While forced air heating systems make indoor air drier overall during the winter months, certain areas of the home may experience intensified levels of humidity because of a lack of ventilation.
Chemical and Environmental Exposure
As the winter months arrive, and people begin spending more time indoors, indoor air quality becomes a greater health concern - especially for children. Some of the more important health hazards associated with indoor air quality are the potential for extended exposure to lead, asbestos or other types of environmental hazards in a home - especially during renovation and remodeling activities.