Regardless of the end result, Baileys Harbor Fire Chief Brian Zak wants you to take the necessary steps to protect yourself from potential carbon monoxide poisoning. Last weekend, the Baileys Harbor Fire Department was called to a retreat center on Maple Road in the town to reportedly 23 people getting sick. The initial thought was that it may have been related to the furnace and possible carbon monoxide poisoning. While there was no sign of the potentially fatal gas detected, Zak says it did show the importance of taking the necessary steps to protect yourself from the dangerous impact of carbon monoxide.
In the United States, at least 430 people die annually from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning. The Centers for Disease Control says the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning goes up as the temperatures go down.