Our fellow, Phoebe Taptiklis has come up with life-saving, evidence-based information for people in cyclone-ravaged areas of Aotearoa New Zealand.
Accidental carbon monoxide poisoning kills several people a year in Aotearoa. Deaths increase during long-term electricity outages, such as the current outages after Cyclone Gabrielle.
People often bring appliances designed for outdoors (like barbeques, generators, gas cookers) inside for cooking, which can cause death with bad ventilation in the house.
Burning fuel indoors with bad ventilation can mean a dangerous build-up of carbon monoxide – a colourless, odourless (and therefore unnoticeable) gas.
Research shows poisonings are linked to using barbeques indoors. BBQs are designed for outdoor use and are not as well sealed as other indoor appliances. Generators used indoors can also cause carbon monoxide poisoning.
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