Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Fayette | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Warren | Webster
Davis Motor Sales banner ad

Near-Zero Temperatures Prompt Reminders About Use of Proper Heat Sources

carbon monoxide 300FRANKFORT, Ky. (1/3/14) – There is a deep freeze settling into Kentucky in the coming days with another cold shot predicted for Sunday evening and continuing into the early days of next week.

Kentucky State Fire Marshal William Swope said there are steps to take to keep your family safe during extreme cold weather conditions that may require the use of supplemental heat in your home. “Right now is the time to consider the dangers of carbon monoxide,” said Swope.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas that is created when fuels – such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil, and methane – burn incompletely. In the home, heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel can be sources of carbon monoxide.

“If you use a fireplace, a wood stove or a kerosene heater make sure they are properly vented and that you have a smoke detector and a battery-operated carbon monoxide detector near the area to be heated. These detectors will provide an early warning to get out of your house and call the fire department.”

The fire marshal also warns Kentuckians about warming a vehicle on cold mornings – don’t leave it running inside your garage. “Remove it from the garage immediately after starting it – even if the garage doors are open. And make sure the exhaust pipe of a running vehicle is not covered with snow.”

Swope said that most home-heating fires involve portable heaters and space heaters; although all heating systems can be dangerous if not used and maintained correctly. “Space heaters need space,” said Swope. “Keep these heaters at least 3 feet from furniture, walls, curtains or anything that can catch fire. It’s also vitally important to turn these heaters off when you go to sleep. Add extra blankets to your bed, but turn those heaters off. I cannot stress that enough.”

And if you use a generator, it should be used in a well-ventilated location outdoors away from windows, doors and vent openings.

SurfKY News
Information provided by Commonwealth of Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

In Other News...

KSP Investigating Theft Of Equipment

HOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (4/15/14) — The Kentucky State Police is investigating the theft of equipment belonging to the… Read More

Madisonville Doctors, Nurses, Officials Meet Sen. Rand Paul

MADISONVILLE, Ky. (4/16/14) — Can local hospitals survive a Medicaid increase? This was one of several questions about… Read More

Most Read This Week (Site-Wide)

April 16, 2014 17658

UPDATE- Sheriff's Office Following Leads…

in Top Stories by Taylor Riley, SurfKY News Reporter
April 14, 2014 5809

U.S. Bank Hanson on Lockdown Due to Bomb…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
April 14, 2014 5099

Pedestrian Killed During Two Vehicle…

in Top Stories by Chris E. King
April 13, 2014 4332

One Dead in Two Vehicle Head On Collision

in Top Stories by Chris E. King
April 15, 2014 2804

Police Searching for Sureway's 'Baby…

in Top Stories by Taylor Riley, SurfKY News Reporter

Most Read Stories from Hopkins County

April 14, 2014 5099

Pedestrian Killed During Two Vehicle…

in Top Stories by Chris E. King
April 13, 2014 4332

One Dead in Two Vehicle Head On Collision

in Top Stories by Chris E. King
April 15, 2014 2804

Police Searching for Sureway's 'Baby…

in Top Stories by Taylor Riley, SurfKY News Reporter
April 12, 2014 2742

One Injured in Two Vehicle Accident in…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
April 15, 2014 2328

Multi-Agency Investigation Leads to Drug…

in Top Stories by Lori Blakeley

Most Read Stories from Owensboro

April 14, 2014 1720

Grow Garden Grow - Spring Has Sprung

in News by Barbara Cecil Russ
April 15, 2014 1044

Owensboro Police Investigate Auto Accident

in News by Michael Hathaway
April 13, 2014 912

Two Daviess County Men Busted for…

in Top Stories by Scott Gibbs
April 15, 2014 797

Owensboro Parks Offers Tennis Lessons

in News by Britni Bunn
April 14, 2014 578

Owensboro Health Hosts Tours for…

in Top Stories by Dennis Beard, SurfKY News

Most Read Stories from Muhlenberg County

April 13, 2014 2664

Muhlenberg 4-H is Buzzing

in Top Stories by Janie Culton
April 14, 2014 2050

MCC Staff Shares Good News with…

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News Reporter
April 16, 2014 1781

Sheriff's Deputies Nab Central City…

in Top Stories by Sheriff Curtis McGehee
April 15, 2014 1354

'Walk Right Back' An Everly Brother's…

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News Reporter
April 15, 2014 1273

Local MCHS Students Train at Job Corps

in Top Stories by Karen Robinson

SurfKY News Group, Inc. Central Office & Printing Division
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431  •  270.452.2249 (fax)
Main Number: 270.452.2727 (phone)  •  Printing Division Direct Line: 270.821.8600 (phone)

SurfKY Owensboro News Bureau
920 Frederica St. / Suite 210  •  Owensboro, KY 42301  •  270.683-8060 (phone)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social 06social 21social 22social 04social 03