Does extreme weather cause carbon monoxide?

Outbreaks of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning have been reported after severe weather events that cause power outages and lead to an increased use of generators.

Why do we hear about CO poisoning around hurricane season?

When a big storm like a hurricane hits, it often causes power outages, which can lead to an increased risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says the invisible killer leads to more than 400 deaths each year.

When did hurricane Sandy hit New York?

October 29, 2012
Hurricane Sandy hit New York City on October 29, 2012.

What year was hurricane Sandy?

October 22, 2012 – November 2, 2012Hurricane Sandy / Date

Can cold cause carbon monoxide?

Temperatures in the next few days are predicted to continue to be the coldest of the winter so far, which increases the risk of carbon monoxide.

Why is carbon monoxide poisoning more likely to occur during the winter months?

ATLANTA — Carbon monoxide (CO) exposures and poisonings occur more often during the fall and winter, when people are more likely to use gas furnaces and heaters, says a recently released report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Does weather affect carbon monoxide?

How do you get carbon monoxide out of your house?

Move outside to fresh air and contact the fire department right away.

  1. Do open the fireplace flue damper before lighting a fire, and leave it open until there are no embers and the ashes are cool.
  2. Don’t leave the car running in the garage.
  3. Do have your appliances and heating systems serviced as recommended.

Can heavy snow cause carbon monoxide?

“Multiple recent storms, with high snow totals, gusting winds and power outages, have caused an uptick in poison exposures to a variety of substances,” says Diane Calello, executive and medical director of the New Jersey Poison Control Center at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School’s Department of Emergency Medicine.