We're well into the winter heating season, and the US Environmental Protection agency is warning about the dangers of CO, carbon monoxide.

You can't see it or smell it, but it's a killer, and I've covered stories in Sioux Falls where CO has killed people. In fact, EPA says it kills more than 400 people, on average, in the US each year.

I don't know about you, but we get our furnace checked every fall to make sure it's ready for winter.

The EPA's recommendations include:

  • Make sure appliances are installed and vented properly.
  • Have gas or wood-burning appliances, heating and ventilation systems (including chimneys) inspected regularly.
  • Inspect homes after heavy snow fall and make sure snow is removed from around exhaust stacks, vents, and fresh-air intakes.
  • Buy a carbon monoxide detector for your home or apartment and make sure the detector meets Standard UL 2034 of the Underwriters Laboratory.  Keep in mind that installing a detector is not a guarantee of safety, it is just one of the precautions you should take.

You can get more information at www.epa.gov.