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Ignoring the sound of the carbon monoxide alarm put an Indiana family in the hospital

Blog Post created by lisabraxton Employee on Jan 17, 2017

An Indiana family is recovering after suffering carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning in their home over the weekend. According to WWMT-TV, police say a man was using a gas saw in the basement of a home Sunday when he started to have chest pains and called 9-1-1. When rescuers arrived, they found CO levels eight times what is considered safe. They say the family’s CO alarm was going off, but no one was paying attention to it. Two adults and four children under the age of ten were all rushed to the hospital. They’re expected to recover.

 

Photo of a carbon monoxide alarm on a wallCO is a gas you cannot see, taste, or smell. It is often called “The invisible killer” and is created when fossil fuels, such as kerosene, gasoline, coal, natural gas, propane, methane, or wood do not burn completely. Here are some CO precautions:

  • Install CO alarms outside each separate sleeping area, on every level of the home, and in other locations as required by laws, codes, or standards.
  • Vent the exhaust from fuel-burning equipment to the outside to avoid CO poisoning. Keep venting clear and unblocked.
  • If your CO alarm sounds, immediately move to a fresh air location outdoors.
  • Call 9-1-1 from the fresh air location.

NFPA’s Educational Messages Document, Carbon Monoxide Safety tip sheet, and CO community toolkit provide resources for educating the public about the dangers of CO.

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