Health Watch -- The Cold Season: Heating

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about colds and other cold-weather issues. With heating bills as high as they are, it may be tempting to turn to alternative sources of heat on cold winter days.

Dr. Paul Pepe, chairman of emergency medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says you should be careful about how you keep your home warm. You should never use ovens or stovetops to heat your house. If you use a space heater, keep it away from children, animals and flammable objects such as curtains. If you’re using a fireplace, you should have the flue and chimney inspected for leaves, branches and other obstructions. There should always be ventilation and a source of fresh air when you use the fireplace. If everyone in the house gets a headache at about the same time, have your house checked for carbon monoxide right away.


January 2007

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