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THEIN N WELL CO. Wells Pumps Water Conditioning 2010: Food Shelf; :">gi; ....... ::::: ::::: .... St. Anne's Ctmrch in Kimball 10 - 10:45 a.m. Tues./Thurs. Also open 2nd Monday of the month: 5:30-6:30 p.m. tel. (320) 398-2211 For after-hours ernergencies, call one of the area churches. Thursday, January 7, 2010 Tri-County News Kimball, MN ' . IT lgiiig 'Tis (still) the season for carbon monoxide risks New report shows CO poisonings occur most often during winter Wintertime weather can bring about more than just snow emer- gencies in Minnesota. Accidental carbon monoxide (CO) poisonings also peak during winter months, according to a new report on CO exposures released by the Minne- sota Department of Health (MDH). The report, entitled Minne- sota Environmental Public Health Tracking: Carbon Monoxide Data and Measures 2000-2007, presents trends in unintentional CO expo- sures and poisonings throughout the state. Its findings include the numbers and rates of Minneso- tans who are sickened by exposure to this odorless, tasteless, and col- orless gas. The report was prepared by the Minnesota Environmen- tal Public Health Tracking program (MN EPHT), which tracks environ- mental hazards and health in Min- nesota. MN EPHT is now part of a larger network of CDC-funded states collecting data on CO poi- sonings, making this the nation's first consistent approach to track- ing CO poisonings. The report notes that while CO poisonings occur year-round, they occur most often during fall and winter. These colder months are when faulty furnaces and improp- erly maintained or operated fuel- burning devices such as non-elec- tric space heaters and power gen- erators are likely to be used. Hospi- talizations, visits to the emergency department (ED), and deaths due to unintentional, non-fire related CO poisonings are also more com- mon among outstate residents compared with metro region resi- dents. In just a five-year period (2003- 2007), unintentional CO poisonings were responsible for 61 deaths, 175 hospitalizations, and 1,261 ER visits among Minnesotans. These num- bers, which refer only to incidents that are not fire-related, are even higher when incidents involving accidental fires (such as residen- tial fires) are included. The statis- tics paint a grim picture, especially since most of these unintentional CO poisonings are completely pre- ventable. Fortunately, legislation is in place in hopes of curbing the numbers of unintentional CO poisonings in Minnesota. A new Minnesota state law requiring CO alarms in all sin- gle-family homes and multifam- ily apartments became fftlly effec- tive on Aug. 1, 2009. In conjunction with this legislation, MDH is col- lecting telephone survey data on how many homes have CO alarms. This survey data, along with future CO reports, may be helpful in mea- suring the effectiveness of the new CO alarm legislation. To prevent CO poisoning, MDH recommends the following: Install and maintain a CO alarm within 10 feet of each room used for sleeping - it's Minnesota state law: <www.dps.state.mn.us/ fmarshal/CO/CO, htm>. Have a qualified technician check your heating systems and fuel burning appliances annually. Educate yourself and fam- ily members about the signs and symptoms of CO poisoning, such as severe headache, dizziness, nau- sea, and drowsiness: <www.health. state.mn.us/dius/eh/indoorair/co/ index.html>. Never leave a car or truck run- ning inside a garage attached to your house, even if you keep the garage door open. Instead, start your vehicle and back it out of the garage to let it warm up outside during cold weather. Never use a generator or fuel- powered tools inside the home, garage, in enclosed areas, or near windows, doors, vents, and other openings. The new carbon monoxide report is available at <www.health. state.ran.ustracking>. For more information about CO poisonings, or if you have a poison emergency, call the 24-hour Minnesota Poison Control System at (800) 222-2222. BBB's top 10 New Year's consumer-savvy resolutions The New Year is here and, because of the rough economy, it's more important than ever to resolve to be a savvy consumer. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Minne- sota and North Dakota offers the following 10 New Year's resolutions to fight scammers, prevent identity theft and save money in 2010. "Being a savvy consumer is ulti- mately about using money wisely and, in this tough economy, many families are quickly learning how important it is to squeeze as much value as possible out of a dollar," said Dana Badgerow, president and CEO of the BBB. "Creating a budget, researching businesses before you -- I(mg Crossword -- Last week's answers Solution time: 27 mins. buy and staying away from scam- mers should be among everyone's resolutions this year." The BBB recommends the fol- lowing New Year's resolutions to become a savvier constllller ill Beware of"job" olTers to make easy mom'v. I he,':pl,,Lvmem in !he /a/io[] ib hip, h ;ilK] F;C;I:IIIIIPIS {11(} ta geth,g it ,(: tmg,c p, ,()l ,1 job htu d. eI%. [{t%vH p t i! ;i,"!!,' jt)[( !'t{'l, W';'Y!( il Available at LANTTO'S FRENCH LAKE STORE (320) 274.8495 home scheme or business opportu- nity that promises big money for little work and no experience. Look for the BBB seal and always check a business out with the BBB before you buy. Nearly 400,000 businesses bear the BBB seal of accreditation and meet our standards; you can find the seal on Web sites and at business locations. But the BBB doesn't just report on accredited businesses. You can locate trustworthy businesses by visiting <bbb.org>, to find your local BBB; from there you can review BBB Reliability Reports for nearly 4 million businesses across North America. Always read the fine print - especially for "free" trial offers. Thousands of consumers com- plained to the BBB in 2009 after signing up for a "free" trial offer online that resuhed in repeated charges to their credit or debit cards snlqletilnes anlotllltiltg tO as much as htlll(ht'd> (d d(dlai-s e\\;crv l/l()rth, ih.zd ch<P tc,i-il!-; tllCI condi- (iOiis )i 71ii\\; "4cC" ] ial Hl'lci" [)cl'olc I,.andhp, {;,c, cic!ii ',l tlchit card I/[1I'I3 [3CiS. " KOc I} y{)',H ,.'CJti]t !liel S;-t[L'. if yOtl havci'l ahcidy, inslall atati- virus software Oli{(i y()til colnl)tltel7 and don't Iotget t(} regularly check for software arid operating sys- tem updates and patches. Don't open attachments or click on links in e-mails unless you can confirm the e-mail came from someone you trust. Never wire money to some- one you don't know. Many scams require that the victim wire money back to the scammers. Scammers know that tracking money sent via MoneyGram or Western Union is extremely difficult. Even more trou- bling for victims is the fact that it's nearly impossible to get your money back. Fight identity theft. Always shred paper documents that include sensitive financial data and dispose of computers, cell phones and digital data safely. The BBB offers tips and checklists on what to shred, and hosts annual Secure Your ID events nationwide to help you stay safe. Ask the BBB for help. File a complaint with your BBB if you have a disagreement with a busi- ness or have been ripped off by a scammer. Create a budget and stick to it. If you're a cash-strapped consumer, setting a budget can help you stay afloat in 2010. The BBB has advice on how to create a budget to help you get out of debt and stay out of debt at <bbb.org>. Fight fake check fraud. Thanks to advances in printing technol- ogy, scammers have the ability to create very real-k)oking phony checks. Educate yourself on the common types of check iraud and be extremely wary of checks that or)me wJ{h ('}dims that you've w()n the lolwry illt! clipibh' For cl 4(}vorll HI,211| p,iiilH or ttLP. l ]{itltlCt] :d. }O1} :P; a ;ecrcl BI]t}l)l)ei (;ol ,"\\;'t'F) ttl;n ili \\;\Til i]'.'. I )Oii'l just iclk" a [)tlsiiit'5<)4 word l'ol it. Get every v,.'rbal agreumcm in writ ing to limit miscommunication and misunderstandings between your expectations and what the business delivers. For more advice you can trust from your BBB, visit <bbb.org>. The mission of the Better Busi- ness Bureau is to promote, through self-regulation, the highest stan- dards of business ethics and con- duct; and to instill public confi- dence in responsible businesses through programs of education and action that inform, protect and assist the general public. Contact the BBB at <www.thefirstbbb.org>, or (651) 699-1111, toll-free at (800) 646-6222. www.tricountynews.MN