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Metro Police Issue A Warning About Heating Hazards

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With dropping temperatures, comes a warning from the Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Department about heating choices for both your home and vehicles.

At the top on their warning list is advice for everyone to exercise caution when using alternative heating sources, such as kerosene and gasoline heaters.

Each year, these heating sources pose a safety risk to users and contribute to many accidents. They should never be used in closed areas, close to furniture and flammable items, or left unattended due to the obvious threat of a fire. Furthermore gasoline, kerosene or propane-powered equipment can emit harmful carbon monoxide and explosive gases.

Early Thursday morning, West Chatham Precinct officers responded to a Pooler home and found a woman and two children, ages 14 and 7, semi-unconscious from apparent carbon monoxide fumes. All three were sent to the hospital for treatment. 

Detectives say the house had no electrical service. A gasoline generator was found running in a garage next to a bedroom to power an electrical heater. Officials were forced to notify the Department of Family and Children Services about the matter.

Metro Police points out that individuals with no place to turn, can call 2-1-1 from any phone in the area to reach the United Way Information and Referral Call Center.

Department officials say that another issue of concern is people leaving their cars unattended while warming them up on cold mornings. Advice for this issue is simple. Don't do it. Police Chief Julie Tolbert says each year that is the source of numerous car thefts.  

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