October 30-November 5, 2017: Carbon Monoxide Safety and Awareness Week

WHEREAS, carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, tasteless and poisonous gas that causes thousands of citizens to suffer from the effects of CO poisoning as well as more than 400 accidental deaths in the United States each year; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan has averaged 27 carbon monoxide-related deaths per year from 2010-2014, which is the most recent data. According to the most recent data available from the Centers for Disease Control, 36 percent of all CO deaths occurred during the colder weather months of December, January and February; and,

WHEREAS, CO is produced at harmful levels by the improper operation and ventilation of many consumer products and appliances such as furnaces, water heaters, ovens, fireplaces, generators, portable heaters, charcoal grills, and vehicles. CO poisoning is also caused by the incomplete combustion of fuels including oil, propane, natural gas, wood, coals, kerosene, gasoline and diesel; and,

WHEREAS, carbon monoxide poisoning is completely preventable.  Install a carbon monoxide detector where it will wake you when it alarms and replace the batteries and test the detector before starting your furnace for the season. If a person suspects they have been exposed to carbon monoxide, they should leave the area immediately and seek medical attention; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan residents can reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning by following these simple steps:

• Never use generators, charcoal grills, camp stoves, or other fuel-burning devices in the home, basement or garage.

• If you use a generator, be sure it is located outside at least 25 feet away from your home. Install a battery powered carbon monoxide detector in your home and test it before starting the generator.

• Park your car outside while it is warming, never in the garage; and,

WHEREAS, during this week, we join with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Consumers Energy and DTE Energy to urge Michigan residents to be safe from the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning during the cold weather and heating season;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim the October 30-November 5, 2017 as Carbon Monoxide Safety and Awareness Week in Michigan.