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Hit by snow? Remember to clear outside vents

Cheryl Hagen/WBFO News

Residents digging out from as much as four feet of snow today may want to add one more thing to their checklist - clear your outside vents.

Residents across the Southtowns will be busy snow blowing and shoveling today, driveways, sidewalks and don’t forget those outside vents for furnaces, dryers and other gas appliances. Snow, especially this much snow, can easily clog vents.

Experts say newer furnaces will likely stop working if the vents are clogged, leaving you in the cold. Even more serious though, if a vent is blocked and you have an older furnace, it can draw exhaust fumes containing dangerous carbon monoxide back into your home, leaving you feeling symptoms such as headaches, nausea, dizziness, even vomiting and ultimately lead to death.

Experts say use a broom to clear snow away from the vent to prevent damage to gas meters and piping.

If you suspect there’s an issue – get out of the house immediately and call for help.

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