The Fire and Disaster Management Agency is calling on residents to properly ventilate their houses when using generators or charcoal braziers to heat their homes during rolling power cuts in the Tokyo metropolitan area after a 61-year-old man died in his apartment in Hachioji this week during one of Tokyo's rolling blackouts.
Authorities said Friday that the man, who was using a power generator, is thought to have been killed by carbon monoxide from the generator's exhaust fumes.
According to the Tokyo Fire and Disaster Management Agency, the man was found dead by his son on Tuesday some time after 7:30 p.m. It is believed the man started the generator inside the apartment without sufficient ventilation, which may have resulted in carbon monoxide poisoning.
This is the second serious carbon monoxide-related incident following Tokyo's rolling blackouts after an 84-year-old man in Ome was left seriously ill from suspected carbon monoxide poisoning. Authorities believe the man had been trying to heat his house using a charcoal brazier without sufficient ventilation.© Compiled from news reports