Cold winter temperatures can make staying warm and safe a challenge, especially during long-term power outages. The Kentucky Department of Public Health strongly encourages residents to be aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning when using alternative heating sources such as portable generators and kerosene heaters.
Exposure to cold temperatures (whether indoors or outside) can also cause life-threatening health problems such as hypothermia, which occurs when the body's temperature drops below what is necessary for normal body functioning.
The following resources contain valuable information to help keep yourself and your family safe and assist in preventing cold-related health problems.
For additional winter weather information and tips visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s winter safety website.
Information concerning carbon monoxide poisoning after a disaster is available from CDC's Emergency Preparedness and Response.