After three people were found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning early Thursday in a Benning Drive home, Columbus Fire Marshal Ricky Shores advised the public to keep some safety tips in mind when using generators.
Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan said officials were called to the scene around 1:37 a.m. Jose Alfredo Perez, 23, his 2-year-old daughter Emily Perez and Edilberto Moreno, 27, were found dead in the home.
Bryan said the cause of death is asphyxia by carbon monoxide poisoning.
“They were running a gas generator inside the house,” he said.
Shores recommended to not use fuel-powered generators inside the home, especially without proper ventilation.
“Make sure that when you have a gas-powered appliance in your home, such as a hot-water heater or stove, that it’s maintained properly and only worked on by a licensed technician,” Shores said.
Those with gas appliances in the home should also have properly working devices to detect carbon monoxide, a gas produced any time people burn fuel in vehicles, small engines, stoves, lanterns, grills, fireplaces, gas ranges or furnaces.
According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, carbon monoxide poisoning leads to flu-like symptoms, such as a headache, dizziness, weakness, upset stomach, vomiting, chest pain and confusion.
“It’s a colorless, orderless gas that can take your life,” the fire marshal said.