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Family taken to hospital for CO exposure

Sunday - 7/1/2012, 10:48am  ET

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. - A family of five was transported to the hospital Sunday morning for carbon monoxide exposure.

Mark Brady, a spokesman for Prince George's County Fire and EMS, says the family woke up around 9 a.m. Sunday morning with headaches and other signs of carbon monoxide exposure.

The family was using a generator to power their home on the 12300 block of Putters Court. They did have the generator outside, but it was placed very close to a fireplace vent.

Firefighters believe that CO made its way into the home while the family slept.

The family was immediately removed from the home, and is currently in good condition.

A generator started a fire in Bowie Saturday night after it was placed too close to house.

Another person was treated for carbon monoxide exposure Saturday after placing his generator on a front porch near an open door.

Find tips for safely using a gas-powered generator here.

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