FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                              Connecticut Department of Public Health

September 2, 2011                                                    William Gerrish                                                    
                                                                                    (860) 509-7270


DPH Urges Precaution During Storm Recovery



Hartford – The Department of Public Health reminds residents to continue to take steps to be safe during recovery from the storm.


Prevent Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning

  •       If you are using a generator, place it at least 20 feet from the house and away from windows, doors and vents.
  •       Never operate a generator indoors or inside of a garage, or basement.
  •       Follow the label on your generator and the owner’s manual. Use the appropriate type of power cord.
  •       Do not use charcoal or gas grills, gas lanterns or camping stoves indoors.
  •       Check to make sure you have carbon monoxide detectors installed on each level of your home outside sleeping areas, and that they have fresh batteries.
  •       Know the symptoms of CO poisoning: headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, sleepiness and confusion. If you suspect CO poisoning, get outside immediately and then call 911.
 The Connecticut Department of Public Health is the state’s leader in public health policy and advocacy with a mission to protect and promote the health and safety of the people of our state. To contact the Department, please visit its website at or call (860) 509-7270.