NEW YORK – Heating season has arrived. This coming weekend, we’ll “fall back” by turning our clocks back one hour. While we enjoy an extra hour of hard-earned sleep, it is also an ideal time to change the batteries in our carbon monoxide and smoke alarms.
“The safety of our customers is the top priority for National Grid,” said Marcy Reed, president of National Grid in Massachusetts. “Take proper safety precautions now to make sure you and your family are safe from the potentially deadly effects of carbon monoxide poisoning.”
Carbon monoxide (CO) is an invisible, odorless gas that can be deadly if left undetected. When fuels such as natural gas, butane, propane, wood, coal, heating oil, kerosene, and gasoline don’t burn completely, they can release carbon monoxide into the air. Common sources of carbon monoxide include malfunctioning forced-air furnaces, kerosene space heaters, natural gas ranges, wood stoves, water heaters, fireplaces and motor vehicle engines. The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are similar to those of the flu. Depending on the amount of carbon monoxide in the air and length of exposure, symptoms may include headaches, weakness, confusion, chest tightness, skin redness, dizziness, nausea, sleepiness, fluttering of the heart or loss of muscle control.
If you suspect carbon monoxide is present in your home, go outside immediately. Next, call National Grid’s gas emergency contact number 800-233-5325 for Massachusetts, or call 911. Do not return to your home until the carbon monoxide source is found.
National Grid shares the following safety reminders with its customers to help identify and prevent carbon monoxide poisoning:
National Grid will respond immediately to all carbon-monoxide related calls for all natural gas customers within its service area – even if you purchase natural gas from an alternative gas supplier or marketer. However, please always call 911. Click here for more information regarding CO safety.
More ways to practice safety in the home:
About National Grid
National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE: NGG) is an electricity and natural gas delivery company that connects nearly 7 million customers to vital energy sources through its networks in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. It is the largest distributor of natural gas in the Northeast. National Grid also operates the systems that deliver gas and electricity across Great Britain.
Through its U.S. Connect21 strategy, National Grid is transforming its electricity and natural gas networks to support the 21st century digital economy with smarter, cleaner, and more resilient energy solutions. Connect21 is vital to our communities’ long-term economic and environmental health and aligns with regulatory initiatives in New York (REV: Reforming the Energy Vision) and Massachusetts (Grid Modernization).