vtsnowroadVermont – Likelihood of significant snow ? As it piles up make sure you clear snow from floor heating vents. A blocked vent can cause deadly carbon monoxide (CO) to come back into the home. If you lose power and use a generator always run it outside and away from windows and vents. Ensure you have smoke and CO detectors in your home!

Deep snow and snowdrifts can block low-lying heating vents, preventing them from working properly.  A blocked vent can cause carbon monoxide to build up in the home.  Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless gas that can cause flu-like illness or death. Symptoms of CO poisoning are similar to the flu and include nausea, headache, and dizziness.  If you feel these symptoms leave the home and call for help.  Always have working CO and Smoke detectors in your home and in all living areas.

Should you lose power and use a generator run it OUTDOORS and away from windows and vents.  Exhaust from a generator can also lead to a buildup of CO in the home.