Ky. labor officials warn of carbon monoxide risks

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky labor officials are warning that wintry weather can increase the chance of carbon monoxide poisoning in the workplace.

The Kentucky Labor Cabinet says the risk can come from fuel-burning equipment or tools used in buildings or in semi-enclosed spaces without ventilation. In those cases, the cabinet says workers can become ill or even die from carbon monoxide poisoning.

State Labor Cabinet Secretary Larry Roberts says carbon monoxide is so dangerous because it doesn't have an odor or a taste. He says it becomes an increased hazard when workplaces shut windows and doors to keep out the cold weather.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that each year, carbon monoxide poisoning is responsible for about 450 unintentional deaths in the U.S. and more than 20,000 emergency department visits.

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