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Originally published Wednesday, November 2, 2005 at 12:00 AM

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Here and Now

Finding your polling place

Finding your polling place Voters can turn to the King County Elections Office's new online Voters' Guide — www.metrokc.gov/elections www.metrokc.gov/elections/pollingplace/voterlookup.aspx — to find...

Voters can turn to the King County Elections Office's new online Voters' Guide — www.metrokc.gov/elections/pollingplace/voterlookup.aspx — to find directions to their polling place. Or, call 206-296-VOTE.

Some polling places in Seattle and Kirkland will change for Tuesday's general election. Voters are being alerted to changes by updated registration cards mailed out by the King County Elections Office. Signs also will be posted at closed polling places on Election Day to give the address of the new location.

Among polling changes are several precincts that will move from North Kirkland Community Center at 12421 103rd Ave. N.E. to Christ Church of Kirkland at 11725 N.E. 118th St. in Kirkland, and a First Hill precinct that will move from Hilltop House at 1005 Terrace St. to Jefferson Terrace at 800 Jefferson St. in Seattle. Polling-place changes affect about 1,535 voters.

South Park Bridge study

A public meeting on proposals to upgrade or replace the aging South Park Bridge on 14th/16th Avenue South between Seattle and Tukwila will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Concord Elementary School gymnasium, 723 S. Concord St.

Public testimony will be recorded. A Spanish-language interpreter will be available to assist those who wish to ask questions or provide testimony in Spanish.

King County's Road Services Division has been working on plans to preserve the 75-year-old span across the Duwamish River, used by about 20,000 vehicles a day. The public meeting is part of the environmental impact statement process.

The draft EIS is available online at www.metrokc.gov/roads (click on the South Park Bridge links). A Spanish-language Web page is also on that site.

Seasonal alert

Higher fuel costs this year along with the return of colder weather and a potential for power outages could make it tempting for people to turn to alternative sources of heat, such as gas generators, and in the process put their well-being at risk.

That's why Public Health — Seattle & King County recently issued an alert about accidental carbon-monoxide poisoning, which can result from burning fuels such as gasoline, propane, oil, kerosene, natural gas, coal or wood indoors.

Health officials say carbon-monoxide fumes, which are colorless, have no tell-tale smell.

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The health department reminds people to resist using gas generators inside the home or garage, and to be careful with space heaters. Certified carbon-monoxide alarms should be installed in residential hallways outside bedrooms.

As many as 100 people each year in the United States die from carbon-monoxide poisoning, often because of gas-powered machinery running indoors, a health official said. Well-maintained furnaces and vented combustion space heaters should pose no problem if used according to manufacturers' instructions, the department said.

Here are some tips from the health department:

• Do not warm up vehicles by idling the engine inside an attached garage.

• Do not cook or heat with charcoal barbecues inside your home.

• Have your gas- or oil-burning furnace inspected for leaks and serviced by a professional annually. Hire a professional to inspect and service all chimneys and vents. A blocked vent — from soot or a bird's nest, for instance — can cause carbon monoxide to back up into a home.

Signs that a heating source may be leaking deadly carbon-monoxide gas can include a decreased hot-water supply, continually running furnace that doesn't seem to heat the house properly, and increased moisture on the inside of windows.

People who suspect carbon-monoxide poisoning should get fresh air immediately, and call for medical help from a neighbor's home.

Here & Now is compiled by Seattle Times staff reporter Charles E. Brown and news assistant Suesan Whitney Henderson.

To submit an item, e-mail herenow@ seattletimes.com or call 206-464-2226.

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