CLAYTON, N.C. (WNCN) — The first reported death in the Triangle related to Hurricane Ian has been confirmed.
According to the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office, a man died from carbon monoxide poisoning Saturday morning at his home in Clayton.
Deputies said it happened on Trenburg Place off of Little Creek Church Road.
According to reports, at about 4 a.m. Saturday, the man went into his garage to check on the generator.
Three hours later at about 7 a.m., they said his wife went to check on him since he hadn’t come back inside.
Deputies said she found him unconscious and called 911.
The man died at the scene, according to reports.
Fire crews at the scene said they measured the carbon monoxide levels and determined they were “extremely high.”
Deputies said the man’s wife was going to seek medical attention.
The man’s name has not been released.
Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas produced whenever fuel is burned, and can build up to deadly levels quickly in enclosed spaces, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
NCDHHS’s website says low levels may cause dizziness, fatigue, nausea, headaches, confusion or fainting. High levels can be deadly within minutes.
Health officials advise people to avoid using gasoline-powered generators, outdoor grills or camp stoves in enclosed spaces.
Instead, they suggest using them outdoors, at least 20 feet from doors, windows and air vents.
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