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Daylight savings is good time to check carbon monoxide detectors

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The state is reminding residents that daylight savings is a good time to check carbon monoxide detectors.


With winter right around the corner and heaters coming on, now is a good time to ensure heating sources, carbon monoxide detectors, and smoke detectors are in working order.

Daylight savings typically has people trekking through their homes to push their clocks back, so it’s a perfect time to also check detectors.

Lynn Sutfin is a spokesperson for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. She said there are a number of symptoms associated with carbon monoxide poisoning.

“Headaches, fatigue, dizziness, shortness of breath, nausea, and even confusion. If you think you might be experiencing carbon monoxide poisoning or feel these symptoms, we recommend that you immediately go outside for fresh air and call 911.”

Sutfin said carbon monoxide poisonings kill nearly 30 people in Michigan each year, and hospitalize another 145.

More information on carbon monoxide is on the MDHHS website.