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UGI Offers Safety Advice as Carbon Monoxide Emergencies Increase

by UGI Utilities Inc.

UGI Offers Safety Advice as Carbon Monoxide Emergencies Increase

UGI Utilities, Inc. has recently responded to several carbon monoxide (CO) emergencies and continues to urge customers to know the symptoms of CO poisoning and take a few simple steps to prevent exposure. Winter is typically the season when cases increase because of heating equipment issues or the unsafe running of vehicles or other equipment in enclosed spaces such as a garage.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 100,000 people in the U.S. will go to the emergency room each year because of CO poisoning. CO is a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas that is a by-product of the incomplete combustion of fuels such as wood, charcoal, gasoline, kerosene, oil, natural gas, and propane. Malfunctioning heating systems or appliances, as well as damaged or blocked vents and chimneys can cause a build-up of CO.

CO poisoning is serious and can be fatalIndividuals who think they might be experiencing symptoms of CO poisoning should immediately seek fresh air and prompt medical attention. Symptoms of CO poisoning include headache, fatigue, shortness of breath, nausea, and dizziness. Additional signs there may be a build-up of CO in your home include:

The following simple steps can help prevent CO exposure and poisoning:

If the heating equipment in your home or business is not working because of an electric power outage, never use an open oven or grill inside your home to provide heat.

Use caution when using unvented space heaters, which can be a source of CO. Always follow the manufacturer’s directions regarding the use of these heaters. Unvented heaters are designed for supplemental use only. Be sure to provide adequate ventilation in areas where a space heater is used. Do not use unvented heaters in bedrooms, bathrooms, or confined spaces.

UGI Utilities, Inc. serves more than 740,000 customers in 45 Pennsylvania counties and one county in Maryland. Customers interested in additional information can visit the UGI website at; on Facebook at; or Twitter at