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Hurricane Florence is hours away from hitting the Carolina coast but it's not too late to review some medical safety steps to consider if you are in the path of the storm.
Dr. Michael Boniface, an emergency medicine physician at Mayo Clinic, offers these reminders to help ensure your safety and well-being during the most active weather:
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“In the U.S., carbon monoxide is still a prevalent disease with the majority of exposure happening from portable generators,” he says. “But charcoal grills, propane grills and combustible furnaces also pose a risk.”
Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include a vague array of common ailments, such as headache, nausea, fatigue and confusion.
Dr. Boniface advises that grills and generators should only be used outdoors, in a well-ventilated area, and never on a covered patio or porch, or in a garage. He recommends checking the batteries in carbon monoxide detectors prior to a storm, and if anyone exhibits signs of concern, seek medical attention immediately.