An unfortunate incident that could have become a tragedy involving the “Scary Movie” actress Anna Faris underscores the importance of having working carbon monoxide alarms. She and her family had a close call on Thanksgiving Day. According to news reports, they were in a Lake Tahoe rental home when two family members became sick. What they thought was altitude sickness turned about to be carbon monoxide poisoning.
Multiple fire departments in the Lake Tahoe area responded. Nine people were checked out and treated at the house. Two additional people were taken to the hospital. It’s unclear whether Faris was among the hospitalized.
Faris took to twitter to express thanks.
"I'm not quite sure how to express gratitude to the north Lake Tahoe fire department-we were saved from carbon monoxide-it's a stupidly dramatic story but I'm feeling very fortunate," Faris wrote.
Authorities say the rental did not have carbon monoxide alarms. Carbon monoxide is a gas you cannot see, taste, or smell. Often called “the invisible killer,” it is created when fossil fuels don’t burn completely. It can kill people and pets.
It is important for private homes, as well as short-term rentals, to have working carbon monoxide alarms outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home and in other locations required by laws, codes, or standards. Short-term rentals may not be strongly regulated. Consumers are advised to advocate for themselves.