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Carbon monoxide incidents increase during winter

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Carbon monoxide (CO) incidents increase by more than 10 percent during the winter months and are often called the silent killer. CO is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas and when inhaled, it enters the blood stream, preventing proper absorption of oxygen, which can lead to illness and even death.

CO is created when fuels such as gasoline or propane don't burn completely, said Tim Boettcher, master service technician for CenterPoint Energy's Home Service Plus.

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