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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 8, 2004
CONTACT: Lindsay Hodges 850-245-4111

**HURRICANE FRANCES INFORMATION SHEET **

Health Officials Warn of Carbon Monoxide Dangers

--Precautions can help prevent poisoning--

Tallahassee As Floridians begin the task of preparing for Hurricane Frances, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) is urging the public to avoid carbon monoxide (CO) exposure by taking precautions with gas-powered appliances and charcoal or gas grills.

Carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless, tasteless gas, and is highly poisonous. Depending on the level of exposure, CO may cause fatigue, weakness, chest pains for those with heart disease, shortness of breath upon exertion, nausea, vomiting, headaches, confusion, lack of coordination, impaired vision, loss of consciousness, and in severe cases, death.

DOH recommends the following precautions to help prevent carbon monoxide poisoning:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced the availability of 30- and 15-second public service announcements in English and Spanish. The CDC is encouraging radio stations to download the public service announcements free from http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/airpollution/carbonmonoxide/ (scroll down to "Public Service Announcements for Carbon Monoxide"). Other broadcast and print media can also use the information to alert viewers and readers.

For further information, please contact your local county health department or visit www.doh.state.fl.us or www.FloridaDisaster.org.

The Florida Emergency Information Line: 1-800-342-3557.

Public Information Emergency Support Function: 850-921-0384.

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Last updated: July 08, 2005

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