KNOX - State police say a Knox man was found dead Tuesday morning, overcome by carbon monoxide fumes.
Authorities say family members of 50 year-old Timothy Woods found him in a detached garage.
Police say he had gone in 15 minutes prior to refill a generator with gasoline. The garage doors were closed.
State police say this is the first suspected carbon monoxide death in Maine from the ice storm.
In the wake of this tragedy, police are urging Mainers to take note of the Maine Emergency Management Agency's list of safety procedures for running generators:
Place generators outdoors in the fresh air.
Make a plan for how to keep your generator dry and protected from ice and snow so you are not tempted to bring it inside a garage or other enclosed structure.
Generators also pose a risk of shock and electrocution, especially in wet conditions.
Dry your hands before touching a generator.
Ensure the generator is at least 15 feet away from home windows or doors.
Ensure the generator is not placed in an enclosed or semi-enclosed space (such as basement, cellar bulkhead, attached garage) where carbon monoxide can build up to dangerous levels.
Use kerosene heaters in a well ventilated room, by either keeping doors to other rooms open or keeping a window partially open (at least 1 inch)
Use only K-1 grade fuel in kerosene heaters. Follow instructions for setting the wick height.
Do not use outdoor cooking devices indoors such as gas or charcoal grills or gas camp stoves.
Do not use indoor gas cooking stoves for heat.
Lindsey joined the WVII ABC7 and WFVX FOX Bangor news team in January of 2012. Raised in Arlington, Mass., Lindsey graduated from Endicott College located in Beverly, Mass. where she majored in Communication. While attending college on the North Shore Lindsey ran the campus newspaper, the Endicott Observer, lead the Endicott Gulls field hockey team as Captain in the 2009 & 2010 seasons, and played for the women’s club hockey team.
For two years Lindsey worked at WCVB Channel 5 News Boston as an ENG producer and writer, while also filling in for various positions in
Chronicle, the station’s nightly news magazine. Additionally, Lindsey contributed to the production of two MDA Labor Day telethons.
When she’s not in the field she can be found on the ice. Lindsey helps out with Brewer’s Youth Hockey Learn to Skate & Learn to Play program and plays on a men’s league team. She also helped to establish Brewer’s first youth under-12 girl’s hockey team.