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Kentuckians should prepare to ‘fall back’ by checking home carbon monoxide detectors

Now that Kentuckians have turned back the clocks, and with temperatures falling, officials are reminding residents to take action to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. “To prepare for colder weather, Kentuckians should make sure their heat sources and carbon monoxide detectors are in good working order,” said Dr. Angela Dearinger, Commissioner for Kentucky’s Department for Public Health.   On...

52 Weeks of Public Health: Winter weather poses many risks; some tips for cold weather safety

With temperatures below freezing, and in some cases near zero, throughout this week, Department for Public Health (DPH) officials emphasize the importance of limiting exposure to the cold and taking steps to prevent hypothermia. The National Weather Service is reporting bitterly cold air will enter the area this evening, lowering temperatures and increasing risk of frostbite and hypothermia. Precautions...

Colder temperatures around state increase the risk for carbon monoxide poisoning

As temperatures drop and the risk for carbon monoxide poisoning increases, Kentuckians are urged to be aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning due to improper use of heating or cooking devices. Items such as kerosene or propane gas stoves and ovens have been used as alternative heat sources indoors, sometimes with tragic results. Since these devices emit a colorless, odorless gas called...

The Rural Blog: ‘Buckwild’ suspended as key player found dead; two others afoul of law

By Al Cross Special to KyForward   MTV has indefinitely suspended shooting for the second season of the West Virginia reality series “Buckwild” after one of its stars, Shain Gandee, right, was found dead with his uncle and another man. “Shain and David Gandee were last seen at Larry’s Bar in Sissonville at about 3 a.m. Sunday, and said they were planning to go four-wheeling...