Carbon Monoxide (CO)
Carbon Monoxide (CO)
Chain Saw Safety
After a storm, water from public water supplies and private wells may not be safe to drink. Water that is discolored, cloudy, has an odor, or has small particles or floating pieces should NOT be used. Listen to the news or your water company to know if your water’s safe. For more information on public drinking water systems go to www.ct.gov/dph/publicdrinkingwater or call (860) 509-7333.
Private wells that have been damaged should be considered contaminated and be disinfected before use. Call the DPH Environmental Health Section at (860) 509-7296 to determine if your well water is safe. For more information on how to disinfect your private well go to www.ct.gov/dph/privatewells.
To disinfect water, use ONE of the following methods:
Mix completely and let water stand 30 minutes before using.
Food may spoil if there is a loss of electricity. Information on what to do with food before, during, and after a storm. If you have questions about food safety, please call (860) 509-7297.
Information for food industry professionals. If you have questions about reopening a food service establishment, please call (860) 509-7297.
Power Outages and Carbon Monoxide
Gasoline-powered generators release carbon monoxide (CO) which can be deadly. If your power goes out and you are using a gasoline-powered generator for energy, be sure that the generator is installed safely and far from your home. Never use your generator, charcoal or gas grills, gas lanterns or camping stoves indoors or in an enclosed area, like a garage. Gas stoves can produce carbon monoxide. DO NOT use your gas oven to heat your home.
Know the symptoms of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning: headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, sleepiness and confusion. If you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning, get outside IMMEDIATELY and dial 9-1-1 from outside of your home.
Use flashlights or battery powered lanterns if possible. If you must use candles, place them in safe holders, away from anything that can burn and never leave unattended.
Homeowners with septic systems with an electric pump should keep an eye out for the possibility of sewage backup from their septic system. If you have questions regarding your septic system, please contact the Department of Public Health at (860) 509-7296.
Shelters and Warming Stations
To find a local shelter or warming station near you go to http://www.211ct.org/, click on “Winter Storm – October 2011” and then click on “Shelter Information” or dial 2-1-1.
Removing trees that may have fallen from the high-winds can be as dangerous as standing in the middle of the storm. If a tree or large branch is leaning toward or on your house, removal should only be done by a trained professional.
Content Last Modified on 11/28/2011 6:41:34 PM