An unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning incident that left one dead, seven hospitalized, is yet another reminder of the need for regular tests for carbon monoxide in homes.
Crews were called at 8:20 a.m. to a home in Anchorage, Alaska on Feb. 20. Responders found one man dead. Seven other residents were transported to the hospital. The residence was a single-family dwelling where one family lived. The source of the gas remains under investigation. Firefighters found 1,000 parts per million in the house, an unusually high amount, authorities reported.
Tragedy for Alaskan Family
Police later identified the deceased as 18-year-old Trevor Noble, according to US News.
“We were called originally for a cardiac arrest for one of the patients,” AFD’s deputy chief for operations, Jodie Hettrick, told the Alaska Dispatch News. “It was not reported as a CO call, and then when our crews got on scene we determined that there was more going on.”
Roughly every 10 years, over 400 people die from carbon monoxide poisoning, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Experts recommend home air testing units in all home dwellings, and to have them regularly inspected on an annual basis.
The EPA recommends acceptable levels for carbon monoxide testing to be 50 parts per million (ppm) parts of air (55 milligrams per cubic meter) as an 8-hour time-weighted average (TWA) concentration [29 CFR Table Z-1].
Florida Family a Tragic Example of the Need for CO Tests
A Florida family is yet another tragic example of the need for every home to have a carbon monoxide testing system and alarm in place. If you’re family does not have a CO detector or you’re not sure if it works, have it installed and regularly inspected today.
A 9 year old boy from Daytona Beach, Fla. died last October from what authorities believe was
Carbon monoxide poisoning caused by a generator inside of his home.
The boy’s family also suffered from poisoning. His mother was incoherent but managed to contact a neighbor for help, who called 911. When authorities arrived they found a generator in a closed room with towels placed under the door. The generator had run out of gas. The father, identified by police as Pedro Hernandez, was unresponsive but alive and was taken to the hospital in critical condition. A 9 year old boy was dead, and his brother was also transferred to the hospital with CO poisoning.
The Critical Need to Test for CO
“I can’t stress this enough – if you have a generator at home, and it’s in your house, please take it outside. You cannot leave a generator running inside your house,” Daytona Beach Deputy Chief Craig Capri told Channel 6 News, stressing the need for carbon monoxide testing. “Carbon monoxide is colorless, odorless, and will kill you real quick. I think what saved the other families members is that the generator ran out of gas.”