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Should you mount a carbon-monoxide detector near an electric kerosene heater?

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Installing carbon monoxide detectors in a home when an electric kerosene heater is in use helps prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Detectors should be placed next to bedrooms, because people are especially vulnerable while asleep.

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To prevent exposure to carbon dioxide, kerosene heaters should be fully vented to the outdoors. Detectors should have long-term warranties, be simple to test and reset, and follow Underwriters Laboratories standards.

Carbon dioxide is a by-product of burning kerosene. The gas is odorless and colorless, which makes it undetectable without a specially designed device. Symptoms of exposure include headaches, dizziness, sleepiness, nausea and vomiting. Extreme amounts sometimes lead to unconsciousness and death.

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