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Posted on: November 17, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Thursday, November 17: Indoor Winter Safety

Carbon Monoxide - The 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 Product Safety Commission (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.   

Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarms Fact Sheet (PDF)   

Alternative Heating Fact Sheet

Radon

Video:  Be aware of radon hazards in your home (Youtube)

Protect Your Home from Radon  

Mold

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.

 Preventing Mold in Your Home 

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.

 Preventing Asbestos Exposure in the Home 

Preventing Lead Poisoning In The Home 

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