BANGOR - While it is fun to go and play out in the snow... there are a number of dangers that can come with it... one of which involves home and car ventilation.
Incidents in Biddeford and Augusta yesterday are causing safety officials to warn homeowners and businesses to make sure vents are clear. In Biddeford, five people were treated for symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. It happened after outside vents for their propane furnace became clogged with snow. In Augusta, a blocked roof vent at Turnpike Mall brought firefighters out in force... though no injuries were reported.
Fire officials are now warning that clogged vents can back up the poisonous gas. If your vehicle gets buried in snow make sure the exhaust pipe is clear before you start your engine. This colorless odorless gas can leak back into your car and be deadly.