Firefighters in Harris County reportedly handled more than 300 cases of carbon monoxide poisoning in recent days. Judge Lina Hildago wrote that the number is â€œjust the tip of the iceberg,â€ suggesting it was likely much higher.
â€œThe truth of the matter is, this carbon monoxide poisoning is in many ways a disaster within a disaster,â€ Hidalgo said. â€œMuch of these poisoning calls â€¦ theyâ€™re due to bringing grills into the house, turning cars on in garages, basically using outdoor equipment inside,â€ Hidalgo added. â€œYou can use that equipment to stay warm, just donâ€™t use it in your home.â€
Harris County Fire Marshal Laurie Christensen said Tuesday that there were numerous carbon monoxide poisoning cases.https://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?creatorScreenName=jackphillips5&dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-0&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1362084767538249731&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.theepochtimes.com%2Fhundreds-of-people-in-texas-suffer-carbon-monoxide-poisoning-amid-winter-storm_3702482.html&siteScreenName=EpochTimes&theme=light&widgetsVersion=889aa01%3A1612811843556&width=550px
She wrote: â€œCarbon monoxide is DEADLY! We have had so many carbon monoxide incidents and calls in #HarrisCounty that we can not even track them all. SIGNS & Symptoms: headaches, nausea, dizziness. Grills and generators should be left outside away from windows, doors and vent openings.â€
In Fort Worth, an official with the Cook Childrenâ€™s Medical Center told NPR that the facility treated at least 13 patients on Monday night whose families were attempting to heat their houses with diesel- or propane-burning engines that arenâ€™t designed to be used indoors.
â€œCarbon monoxide poisoning prevents your blood from being able to buy into oxygen,â€ Dr. Sam Selby, an emergency physician at Cook Childrenâ€™s told the broadcaster. â€œYou suffocate while you are still breathing.â€
Dr. Samuel Prater, an emergency room physician at Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center, said on Tuesday that people should not use grills or generators inside.
â€œThis is a public health disaster and a public health emergency,â€ he said.
At present, some 447,000 Texas households were without power, down from around 2.7 million on Wednesday, according to poweroutage.com, a website that tracks outages.Â The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), a cooperative responsible for 90 percent of the stateâ€™s electricity, said on Thursday it made â€œsignificant progressâ€ in restoring power. It did not provide detailed figures.
The most important pieces of fire equipment for protecting the people in the house are the smoke, heat, and carbon monoxide detectors.
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