Power outages and carbon monoxide safety

The risk of injury or death from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning increases as people without electricity look for alternate sources of heat. Physical symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning may include splitting headache, nausea and vomiting, and lethargy and fatigue.

To prevent poisoning from carbon monoxide:

  • Only use a generator outdoors and far from open windows and vents
  • Never use a generator or portable propane heater indoors, in garages, or in carports
  • Never cook or heat indoors with a charcoal or gas grill
  • If you think you are experiencing carbon monoxide poisoning, get fresh air immediately. Call for medical help from a neighbor’s home. The Fire Department will tell you when it is safe to reenter your home.
  • King County flyer on carbon monoxide poisoning