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Health Tip: Prepare Your Heating System for Winter

Here's how to stay safer

(HealthDay News) -- With the start of winter, it's important to prepare your home for the colder weather.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests:

  • Call a professional to service, clean and inspect your heating system to ensure it's working properly.
  • Clean and inspect all fireplaces and chimneys.
  • Make sure you have working smoke detectors, checking batteries monthly and replacing batteries as the packaging recommends.
  • Make sure you have working carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Recognize the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning, including nausea, confusion, dizziness and headache.
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