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Gas Fireplace Carbon Monoxide Cautions

As the weather gets colder over the next few days in the Lone Star State you might find yourself wanting to turn on your gas fireplace.

However, you may want to make sure it is well ventilated so carbon monoxide doesn't’t build up in your home.  A captain with the Amarillo Fire Department explained what you can do to protect yourself.

Captain Mikal Orr said, “One of the best things you can do is actually install a carbon monoxide detector on every level of your home.  Specifically outside of sleeping rooms you don't want to place it to near an appliance that is gas burning because there is some residual CO that can come off of that.”

You can avoid carbon monoxide poisoning by making sure your fireplace has a chimney or a metal pipe to draw the emissions from your home.  If you have a non-vented fireplace make sure you open a window or a door so you can allow fresh air inside.

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