After many carbon monoxide (CO) deaths across the United States over the winter and last few months, U.S.Senators from New York, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania reintroduced legislation yesterday that would allow the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to provide resources that support public education and installation of CO alarms. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas and is known as the “invisible killer.” This poisonous gas can come from many sources, including incomplete combustion in cars, malfunctioning fuel-burning appliances, and incomplete combustion in engine-powered equipment. The only way to detect CO is with a working CO alarm. NFPA and CPSC have teamed up to create a carbon monoxide community toolkit. It has everything you need to raise awareness in your community about the dangers of CO. You can also use the Carbon Monoxide Safety tips sheet to learn more about CO safety.
For Mother’s Day, my father and I like to take my mother and an aunt to a fine dining restaurant in the Connecticut countryside that features a floor to ceiling stone fireplace and panoramic view of a lush landscape. We make the rounds at the buffet, which includes an omelet station, carved filet mignon, shrimp and scallop scampi and dozens of other choices of diet-busting meals and desserts.
Once we’ve filled our plates and taken our seats in the grand ballroom, the wait staff serves us our coffee. As I look around at the other 275 diners, I can’t help but wonder if we could all exit in an orderly fashion if there was a fire emergency and whether or not everyone knows their second way out if the front door becomes blocked as NFPA’s escape planning information advises.
Sparky the Fire Dog® has the perfect gifts for that special mom, grandmother, teacher, aunt, sister, or anyone else in your life. Check out this month’s activities for directions and a free printable bookmark for mom or the teacher. Follow the directions to make an awesome craft for mom that includes a fire safety tip, and send a Sparky e-card to wish Mom a happy Mother’s Day.