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Alternative Heating Sources Can Cause Deadly Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

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State health officials Friday warned Coloradans not to cut corners to heat their homes by using alternative heating sources, such as coal, propane, kerosene, charcoal, oil or wood burned in a fireplace, as these sources can produce dangerous carbon monoxide levels.

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Susan Parachini, a manager for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's Consumer Protection Division, said, "If the home is not vented properly or if gas appliances are not in proper working order, carbon monoxide poisoning can occur."

Parachini explained that carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas that can be potentially harmful.