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West Virginia Department of Health Urges Installation Use of Carbon Monoxide Detectors

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The West Virginia Department of Health is urging citizens to install carbon monoxide detectors into their homes, especially if they're heating their home with gas or oil furnaces, or generators.

Carbon Monoxide poisoning is the leading cause of poison-related deaths in the United States, with 450 deaths each year.

Detectors run anywhere from $30 to $70, but can save you from the dangerous gas that is odorless and colorless.

Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide poisoning are dizziness, weakness, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion.

A couple tips to help you stay safe:

1. Install battery operated Carbon Monoxide detectors near every sleeping area in your home

2. Have your gas inspected each year

3. Never use a charcoal grill inside

4. Check CO detectors every so often to make sure they are working properly