Pennsylvania carbon monoxide poisoning

Coal-burning appliances without proper ventilation can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. An unclean furnace is likely what caused the Pennsylvania carbon monoxide poisoning.

A Pennsylvania carbon monoxide poisoning sent three adults and two infants to the hospital, according to Standard Speaker. Firefighters were sent to a couple of homes that had elevated levels of carbon monoxide.

One side of the duplex had levels at 140 ppm with levels at 106 ppm in the sleeping area. The other side had levels at 40 ppm. It was not clear how long the levels were elevated. This was difficult to determine as the residents did not speak English.

Exposure to carbon monoxide at levels of 140 ppm can raise carboxyhemoglobin levels in the blood to above 10 percent. This seems to be the threshold where brain damage has about a 40 percent likelihood to occur.

Carbon monoxide displaces oxygen in the blood. Hemoglobin, the protein that carries oxygen, binds to carbon monoxide instead of the cell-feeding oxygen. When the brain is deprived of oxygen, damage can occur. In addition, carbon monoxide poisoning actually creates an excess of a neuron-killing neurotransmitter in the brain.

The most concerning part of this news story is that it affected two infants. With bodies that are much smaller than adults, infants and small children have a higher risk factor. Carbon monoxide can overtake them at a faster rate than adults. This is also true for small pets in the home.

The source of the carbon monoxide in the Pennsylvania carbon monoxide poisoning was likely the coal-burning furnaces. Both homes affected had coal-burning heat. Firefighters, who shut down the furnaces and ventilated the homes, said that the both of the furnaces had a lot of soot.

With cooler temperatures, the need for operating furnaces is still here. It is a good idea to have your furnace checked out every year to make sure it is clean and no vents are being blocked. Doing so can help prevent carbon monoxide poisoning like this one in Pennsylvania.

One of the residents was complaining of a headache, just one of the symptoms that can be caused by carbon monoxide poisoning. Other symptoms include nausea, vomiting, confusion, and disorientation. Chest pains can also be a sign that there is elevated carbon monoxide in the air. Seizures and coma are also possible.

These symptoms might be the immediate signs that something is wrong, called the acute symptoms. This is reason enough to call for help from emergency personnel immediately. If you feel these symptoms and suspect carbon monoxide poisoning, get to fresh air immediately and call for help.

There are many more symptoms that can occur after the initial carbon monoxide poisoning, called delayed symptoms. In the weeks following the poisoning, delayed neurological sequelae can occur. These symptoms include memory loss, movement disorders, Parkinson-like syndrome, communication disturbances, depressed mood, dementia and psychosis.

It has been scientifically proven that hyperbaric oxygen therapy can actually decrease the risk of cognitive sequelae if administered after acute carbon monoxide poisoning. It is our hope that the people in the Pennsylvania carbon monoxide poisoning were made aware of the risks of CO poisoning and were given hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

plane carbon monoxide poisoning

We may not hear as much about boat or plane carbon monoxide poisonings; however, these are places we also need to be aware carry a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

A pilot, who died in Anchorage, Alaska, died because of a plane carbon monoxide poisoning. The floatplane that was involved in the crash had an extremely damaged and degraded muffler can assembly. The carbon monoxide death occurred last year, according to KFQD.

Before he crashed the plane into a tree, the pilot made two 360 degree right turns. His family said that this kind of erratic flying behavior was not like their loved one at all. The National Transportation Safety Board announced that it was a plane carbon monoxide poisoning that killed the man.

And it was no small amount of carbon monoxide. Examination of his blood demonstrated that he had carboxyhemoglobin levels of 48 percent. These are extremely high levels. Impairment occurs at only 10 or 20 percent. Carboxyhemoglobin is the measure of the amount of carbon monoxide in the blood, which binds to the protein hemoglobin. This protein carries oxygen throughout the body and throughout the brain. High carboxyhemoglobin levels indicate a lack of oxygen, as carbon monoxide has displaced oxygen in the blood. It also indicates a high level of toxicity in the brain. Carbon monoxide poisoning causes an excess of the neurotransmitter glutamate in the brain, which causes brain cell death.

The problem with the muffler that caused this severe of a poisoning likely was noticed before. It’s probable that this problem did not come out of thin air. Slow, gradual poisoning may have been occurring before until a major problem caused the plane carbon monoxide poisoning death. Who looked at the plane before it was ready to fly?

It’s so important to get machinery that you operate regularly and want to work properly serviced by professionals who know what they are doing. Carbon monoxide is a very deadly gas, and you never want to be in its crosshairs. This plane carbon monoxide poisoning that occurred last year caused a real death. A real person was taken away from his family. This was caused by the confusion and impaired judgement that is brought about by levels of carbon monoxide that are even lower than those measured in his blood. The levels were so high in his blood, I wonder why nobody noticed anything wrong with the plane or with the pilot sooner. It’s hard to say what went on in the moments before the crash without being in the plane with the pilot himself.

Carbon monoxide poisoning causes a range of symptoms before death sinks in. It causes symptoms such as headache, nausea, weakness, chest pain, difficult or labored breathing, loss of consciousness, seizures, and coma. This is a very serious matter as we see in this plane carbon monoxide poisoning because all of these symptoms can lead up to an untimely death.

Another question I have is who owned the plane. It was a floatplane, according to the news report. Who was responsible for its care and maintenance? This tragedy could have happened at Chicago Midway, IL. It could have been prevented if someone spoke up and said that this plane was not acceptable to fly with a degraded muffler. It killed a man in a death that was entirely preventable, making it all the more tragic.

Carbon monoxide laws

After the Niles hotel carbon monoxide poisoning, carbon monoxide laws are being re-examined. Michigan law requires carbon monoxide detectors in hotels built after 2009.

With carbon monoxide tragedies in the news lately, there has been a push from advocates for stricter carbon monoxide laws. It has been revealed that a group representing hotel management in Michigan was opposed to these stricter carbon monoxide laws. According to WWMT.com West Michigan, the Michigan Lodging and Tourism Association (MLTA) opposed legislation that would have prevented the Niles, Mich. hotel carbon monoxide poisoning. Last week, another carbon monoxide poisoning in a Michigan hotel led to the evacuation of 60 patrons and employees.

The Michigan law currently requires hotels built after 2009 to have carbon monoxide detectors. The original law did not have this kind of provision. If the law passed as advocates wanted it to, the Niles, Mich. hotel carbon monoxide poisoning would not have happened.

The reasons that the MLTA opposed the legislation was because it is expensive. The originally proposed law required the carbon monoxide detectors to be hard-wired. The MLTA said that commercial grade carbon monoxide detectors were too expensive.

The other reason they stated was that it was not necessary. They had not documented any deaths due to carbon monoxide in Michigan in a hotel setting. Obviously this is not the case anymore after the Niles hotel carbon monoxide poisoning. They cited the fact that other states do not require hotels to have carbon monoxide detectors. This is still the case that many states do not have carbon monoxide detectors. After this tragedy, things need to change. Hopefully, through media coverage and advocacy, this change becomes a reality. The police are still determining whether or not the Niles hotel is responsible for being negligent.

Michigan is not the only place where advocates have called for stronger carbon monoxide laws. A young girl who died after an afternoon of boating with her family is honored with a law. Sophia’s Law, which requires carbon monoxide detectors in Minnesota, took effect recently. Ever since the accident, which was a year and a half ago, her parents have pushed for change.

Another parent whose child died in a Colorado apartment is pushing for stricter carbon monoxide laws. Donald Johnson’s effort is called the Lauren Project. He recently tried to get a law passed in North Dakota that would require carbon monoxide alarms in new construction and existing homes, but the law was vetoed by the governor.

The Quality Inn & Suites which is the site of the Niles carbon monoxide poisoning was built before 2009, so under the law it was not required for them to have detectors. They did not have any detectors. With a stricter law, the tragedy of a child dying could have been prevented. When they were trying to pass a stricter law, the State Fire Marshall, the Department of Labor and the Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union were in support of the law. But the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Michigan Association of Realtors were in opposition.

Hopefully this will be an illustration of why it is so important to have operational carbon monoxide detectors. This must be true in apartments, hotels, and boats alike.

Michigan hotel carbon monoxide poisoning

Pool heaters can be dangerous when it comes to carbon monoxide. Just ask the victims of the Michigan hotel carbon monoxide poisoning in Novi, Mich.

After some patrons of the hotel reported a lightheaded feeling, the employees and patrons numbering 60 were evacuated to avoid tragedy in another Michigan hotel carbon monoxide poisoning, according to Click on Detroit. Investigators determined that the pool heater was the culprit in this carbon monoxide poisoning. They also checked the elevator shaft for carbon monoxide levels, but determined it was in fact the pool heater.

The facts of this case seem eerily similar to a story earlier this month: https://carbonmonoxide.com/2017/04/niles-hotel-carbon-monoxide-poisoning-leaves-one-dead.html. This story was at a hotel. It was a carbon monoxide poisoning. The source was a pool heater. In this case, the ending was far more tragic. The people poisoned were children, and one child actually died.

Another hotel carbon monoxide poisoning story took place in Boone, North Carolina. An older couple died in a room that was located above a mechanical room that included the pool heater. This wasn’t the first death either. An 11-year-old boy died earlier that year in the same room. You would think that would be the warning/wake up call necessary to install carbon monoxide detectors near the room or fix the pool heater. Read more about the story here: http://www.wsoctv.com/news/local/state-investigators-pool-area-boone-hotel-where-3-/334955293

This case in the Michigan hotel carbon monoxide poisoning did not result in a death. Hopefully, this is a sign that people are starting to become more aware of the signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. That is one way to protect yourself from the deadly gas. Other ways include installing carbon monoxide detectors where the people are, and also making sure equipment is maintained and serviced regularly.

Carbon monoxide poisoning can manifest itself in different ways. Sometimes people with heart conditions will experience sharp chest pains. Other times, it mimics the flu or food poisoning: lightheadedness, nausea, perhaps vomiting, confusion. If you feel sick and suspect carbon monoxide poisoning, get to fresh air immediately and call for help. If you are not feeling sick, but suspect carbon monoxide poisoning, make sure you open windows and ventilate the area. You might also call (800) 222-1222, American Association of Poison Control Centers, available 24 hours every day. But if you do start to feel sick, get to fresh air immediately and call for help. High levels of carbon monoxide can overcome you in minutes.

When you seek medical attention, the doctors will probably take your carboxyhemoglobin levels. This will tell you how much carbon monoxide is in your blood. Carbon monoxide displaces oxygen in the blood. Hemoglobin is the protein that carries oxygen around, but carbon monoxide binds to hemoglobin with 200 times the affinity of oxygen. The doctors might also put you on 100 percent oxygen. You may be placed on either normobaric or hyperbaric oxygen. Normobaric is “normal” pressure levels. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is usually reserved for people with the highest levels of carbon monoxide in the blood. However, this treatment is most effective in reducing cognitive problems after the poisoning. This treatment actually affects patients in this way, regardless of severity of poisoning. Hyperbaric oxygen is the best known treatment of carbon monoxide poisoning. Other treatments that will hopefully prevent or treat the brain injury that can be caused by carbon monoxide poisoning will hopefully be explored further and regulated so it can be brought to market.

Kansas City Carbon Monoxide

You would never expect carbon monoxide poisoning while driving your car. But the Kansas City carbon monoxide poisoning that killed two people proves that assumption wrong. They were found dead in their car in a Walmart parking lot in Kansas City.

Tragedy struck in the Kansas City carbon monoxide poisoning that occurred last weekend, according to KSN.com. Two people in Kansas City, Kansas died of carbon monoxide poisoning in a Walmart in the parking lot. They were found dead in the parking lot Sunday morning, and the police chief announced the cause of death on Twitter Tuesday.

A later tweet said that he was not sure what caused the build up of the dangerous gas, but he thought that it might have to do with an exhaust issue.

The kind of car was a sports utility vehicle (an SUV). Earlier this year, I read about police Ford Explorers that were having a carbon monoxide issue. People were experiencing problems while driving with symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning and even driving off the road. Read more here: http://www.lawenforcementtoday.com/police-suffering-carbon-monoxide-poisoning-driving-ford-explorer/.

It’s not clear what kind of SUV the victims were driving, but carbon monoxide poisoning is definitely a possibility when driving an SUV. When these problems arise, carmakers should place small carbon monoxide detectors in the cars to let the drivers know that the levels are too high for prolonged periods of time and are dangerous. This would be an easy, inexpensive fix to a dangerous, deadly problem.

The problem with carbon monoxide is that it can look like other things. It causes lightheadedness, nausea, vomiting, and confusion. This can be mistaken for the flu or food poisoning. Maybe they were pulling over because they felt nauseous, but they never thought that the car was what was killing them.

The police officer in Texas was driving his Ford Explorer when he began to feel nauseous. He hit a curb, and then called for help after these signs. He was taken to the hospital. Many other incidents have occurred, and the police are not happy with Ford’s lukewarm response.

Ford Explorers are a very popular car, with around one million on the road. Customers report smelling fumes not being exhausted properly, which can make riders and drivers very sick. One police officer in Newport Beach, CA nearly died because of crashing after carbon monoxide poisoning. This is a dangerous situation for not only police officers but civilians who own the Ford Explorer.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) launched an investigation last July. The number of complaints currently number in the hundreds. And although the car company might try to minimize the hazards, they are more real than ever for the people who have experienced it. It is a true shame that two people had to die from a possible exhaust problem in Kansas City. Hopefully, this might raise awareness about the problem, and something might be done.

Chicago condo carbon monoxide poisoning

A mid-rise condo was the site of this recent Chicago condo carbon monoxide poisoning. Three workers were taken to the hospital after operating a gas-powered pressure washer in the parking garage.

Three workers were hospitalized after using a gas-powered pressure washer in this Chicago condo carbon monoxide poisoning, according to CBS Local. They were operating it in the parking garage, causing the entire condo to be evacuated.

It is never a good idea to run a gas-powered engine indoors. The workers apparently thought that the open overhead doors were giving them enough ventilation. The three workers were able to walk out just fine, but they were taken to the hospital as a precaution. The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include dizziness, confusion, and nausea. Carbon monoxide can sometimes cause chest pains in some people.

In addition, carbon monoxide can cause brain damage. The lack of oxygen starves the parts of the brain that are located at the end of the blood flow route. The gas also causes an excess of glutamate to hang out in the brain. This neurotransmitter is actually deadly to neurons.

The most vulnerable parts of the brain are the hippocampus and the corpus callosum. The hippocampus controls memory. The corpus callosum controls coordination between the right and left brain. This is why we see problems with memory and problems with balance and coordination crop up in patients after carbon monoxide poisoning.

The initial dizziness and nausea is not the only thing you have to worry about as a carbon monoxide poisoning survivor. Additional symptoms can appear in the days and weeks following the poisoning, which is referred to as delayed neurological sequelae (DNS).

This Chicago condo carbon monoxide poisoning sent three to the hospital. If anyone else is experiencing symptoms that was in the condo, they should go see a doctor. The firefighters found levels of carbon monoxide both in the condo and the parking garage, but the levels were obviously higher in the parking garage where the pressure washer was being operated.

It’s possible that other people may have been affected by the carbon monoxide poisoning. The workers would have obviously been affected the most, because they were closest to the source of the carbon monoxide. But airflow into the garage can send the carbon monoxide into the building. The condo was evacuated. Meaning people in the condo could have been affected by the carbon monoxide.

Nobody else was taken to the hospital, so the symptoms must not have been obvious. However, sometimes the damage is subtle. The news article did not say how high the levels of carbon monoxide were in the garage or in the condo itself.

Using a small gas-powered engine indoors can be deadly. For example, a farmer died from carbon monoxide poisoning after using a pressure washer to clean his barn. He was overcome by the gas after about 30 minutes of work. More information on this can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Tool designers should make tools that can be operated safely indoors. And dangerous tools should always have a clear warning label that tells of the hazards of carbon monoxide poisoning, that it can be deadly.

A time meant for celebration, Easter Sunday, was a nightmare for the daughter of an elderly couple in East Harlem, New York. The elderly couple was found dead following the East Harlem carbon monoxide poisoning possibly due to a defective stove.

East Harlem Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

The East Harlem carbon monoxide poisoning was possibly caused by a defective stove. Gas-powered stoves can be a danger with respect to carbon monoxide poisoning. It’s important to install carbon monoxide detectors to detect the dangers.

The elderly man was found with his face in a pool of vomit. The levels of carbon monoxide in the apartment were elevated. It did not apparently affect any other apartment units, according to the article on DNA Info Harlem.

The elderly are at particular risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Their symptoms might be mistaken for something else, such as the flu. It is important to keep carbon monoxide poisoning top of mind when they present symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, headaches, confusion and anoxia. They often live alone and may not be especially connected to community resources.

Multiple family dwellings are required to have carbon monoxide detectors. The law only applies to the homes or units with fuel-burning appliances or an attached garage. In 2014, the law in New York began to require carbon monoxide detectors in commercial buildings too.

The couple, 71-year-old Doris Crawford and 80-year-old John Crawford, were married for more than 46 years. It is a sad ending to a long life. It is a shame that this could have been prevented. The easiest way to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning is to install a carbon monoxide detector. They can be purchased inexpensively at the hardware store.

Three off-brand carbon monoxide alarms were considered a safety risk, and Consumer Reports advised not to buy them. These included the Foho YJ-806, the GoChange 882 LCD and the NetBoat WB_H3110061. When buying a carbon monoxide alarm, it’s important to look for the Underwriter’s Laboratory symbol.

Carbon monoxide is a byproduct of combustion that can occur with a gas-powered stove. The gas is not easily detected, as it is colorless, odorless and tasteless. It displaces in an enclosed space that is not well-ventilated.

When you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning, ventilate the space. If you feel sick, call for help immediately and get outside. When carbon monoxide enters your body, it binds to hemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen. It binds to hemoglobin with 200 times the affinity of oxygen. Your brain soon becomes deprived of oxygen, which can cause brain damage. The carbon monoxide also causes an excess of glutamate, a neurotransmitter that is toxic to brain cells.

The woman was found sitting nearby the television. It’s possible that the victims were resting because they weren’t feeling well, thinking they had a bug. Maybe they were sleeping, and the symptoms crept up on them. Carbon monoxide can be a particular danger to sleeping victims, because they can fall asleep and never wake up. This is why it’s so important to have a carbon monoxide detector near sleeping and living areas. An alarm hidden in a boiler room which cannot be heard by people can be useless if people don’t hear it.

The North Carolina nursing home poisoning Tuesday evening sent eight people to the hospital and caused about 45 people to be treated on the scene and then released, according to McDowell News. The carbon monoxide poisoning took place at an assisted living home in McDowell County, North Carolina. The emergency personnel declared the scene a mass casualty incident (MCI), the biggest MCI in the history of McDowell County.

North Carolina nursing home poisoning

The elderly are a vulnerable population when it comes to carbon monoxide poisoning. The emergency personnel at the North Carolina nursing home poisoning declared it a mass casualty incident.

The source of the carbon monoxide poisoning was a malfunctioning boiler. The building was ventilated, and the boiler was shut off. Servicemen came to repair the faulty boiler, and the residents were eventually allowed to re-enter the assisted living home, Lake James Lodge, when the air quality returned to normal.

A North Carolina State Building Code requires that every dwelling unit have a battery-operated or electrical carbon monoxide detector if it has a fossil-burning heater or appliance, fireplace, or an attached garage. The statute does not specifically state that nursing homes or assisted living homes are included in the law. However, they do include hotels and bed and breakfasts in the language.

Older adults can be particularly vulnerable to the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning can often present themselves as flu-like. Symptoms might include chest pains. Carbon monoxide poisoning must be top of mind when the elderly present symptoms that are flu-like, a blockage of blood to the heart, passing out, or mental status changes, particularly during the winter. Those who live alone can be particularly vulnerable.

When several people present with flu-like symptoms in a public place, carbon monoxide poisoning must be a top suspicion. In the North Carolina nursing home poisoning, they were able to identify that it was a carbon monoxide poisoning and not just food poisoning or some other misdiagnosed condition. The incident in North Carolina actually required 60 personnel from all county departments to complete the triage process of the 53 patients in a timely manner, according to the news release.

As we have stated before in previous blogs, the symptoms following the initial carbon monoxide poisoning can worsen in the days and weeks following. The brain damage from carbon monoxide can worsen as time passes. There are two mechanisms that cause brain damage. The first is lack of oxygen. When carbon monoxide enters the bloodstream, it binds to hemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen, with about 200 times the affinity of oxygen. The parts of the brain located at the end of the oxygen route are most vulnerable. These parts of the brain include the hippocampus, which is in charge of memory, and the corpus callosum, involved with coordination.

The second mechanism that can damage the brain is the toxins that carbon monoxide produces. When one experiences carbon monoxide poisoning, there is an excess of glutamate in the brain. Glutamate is a neurotransmitter that is toxic to neurons, brain cells. The result is dying neurons.

The comments in the McDowell News article expressed gratitude to the emergency personnel in responding in an appropriate manner and helping the people that needed it after being poisoned at the assisted living home.

Two Tulsa carbon monoxide poisonings made the news in the past week. Tulsa, OK has seen at least a couple carbon monoxide poisonings recently in the past couple of months, according to local news sources. One of these was deadly.

The deadly carbon monoxide poisoning in Tulsa, OK occurred last month, but the parents of the boy found dead in the incident are being charged in connection with his death, according to KTUL. The story goes that the father left the car running in the garage with the boy, who was in a wheelchair, inside the house.

Tulsa Carbon Monoxide Poisonings

Never leave a car running in an attached garage. This is what happened in one of the Tulsa carbon monoxide poisonings that left one child dead.

The boy’s father proceeded to drink alcoholic beverages, at first admitting to one drink, and then admitting to more. The mother was out of town and unable to reach the family. The boy needed help getting in and out of the wheelchair on his own.

The sister went to check on the family, and found both the boy and the father unconscious. The father was injured and hospitalized but recovered. The boy was not so lucky and died at the young age of eight. The father is being charged with second degree murder and possession of methamphetamine, which they found in the car, and the mother is being charged with permitting child neglect. She reportedly knew about his history with drugs and abuse. The father also tried to lie about the drugs, saying they belonged to a friend and that he was in rehab, but they found the drugs in his system at the hospital.

Most commonly, we write about carbon monoxide poisonings that don’t involve murder charges on this website. This was such as horrific story that it had to be written about. Never leave a car running in an attached garage. Carbon monoxide can build up in your home and can be deadly.

Carbon monoxide would affect the eight year old more quickly than it would an adult male based on the size of the bodies. This poor child didn’t have a fighting chance up against the deadly gas carbon monoxide. We hope that justice is served in this case, even though it will not bring back the life of that eight-year-old boy.

The second carbon monoxide poisoning is one that we are more accustomed to hearing about in the news. It happened Friday in an apartment complex in Tulsa, OK. The cause of the carbon monoxide is not known at this time, according to KRMG, and needs to be further investigated. It’s possible that the owner of the building or people who were responsible for maintaining the building are partially at fault for this carbon monoxide poisoning.

The poisoning resulted in three people being hospitalized. The readings in the unit where the people were came out to be 138 ppm. At such levels, it is likely that the poisoning went on for many hours before being discovered. The people who were hospitalized might still face problems after the fact of the poisoning. Delayed neurological sequelae (DNS) involve neurological and behavioral symptoms that can persist in the days and weeks following the poisoning. The potential for brain damage is there in carbon monoxide poisonings as the brain is oxygen deprived and the carbon monoxide produces toxins that kill neurons.

As of Monday, eight children and one adult have been released from the hospital after the Niles hotel CO poisoning, according to this Michigan news source. The tragedy left a 13-year-old boy, Bryan Douglas Watts, dead. The other children affected were ages 12 to 14.

Niles Hotel CO Poisoning

Pools are supposed to be a place for children to have fun, not to be put into danger. In the Niles hotel CO poisoning, one 13-year-old boy died due to carbon monoxide poisoning that could have been prevented with a carbon monoxide alarm.

When a hotel employee noticed the children by the pool, they were unresponsive, and she called for help. She is credited with helping to save the lives of some of the other children. In the MLive article, the captain of the fire department said, “How close it could have been to six fatalities instead of one.” One of the victims had been playing by the pool and was found unresponsive in a first floor room.

The fire captain said in the article that the worst thing that could happen would be for this kind of tragedy to occur again. One of the tidbits of knowledge he disseminated was that carbon monoxide (CO) causes headaches and confusion, and if two people have these symptoms in a public setting, consider the possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning.

The problem with the law in Michigan right now is that the law only requires new construction of motels and hotels, according to this chart. When the Quality Inn & Suites was built, it was not a requirement. After this incident, hopefully it becomes one.

This was a very unfortunate event that came out of kids trying to have a good time. The time at the pool was their “spring break getaway.” It is more tragic when something horrible happens and it could have easily been prevented. Hopefully this tragedy will prevent another one from occurring again. Before the law can change though, the fire captain advised buying an inexpensive carbon monoxide detector from the hardware store and bringing it with you whenever you are not staying at home as a precautionary measure.

This story of the Niles hotel CO poisoning resembles the tragedy of the Boone, NC hotel carbon monoxide poisoning in 2013, which can be read about here. An 11-year-old boy was found dead in a hotel room in that tragic story. The room was located near the pool, which was being heated with a natural gas heater. About two months prior, an elderly couple was found deceased in the same hotel room. The Winston-Salem Journal implicates carbon monoxide in both death incidents, quoting a family member of the elderly couple who died asking why the hotel still rents the room out.

As the Niles, MI fire captain said, the only thing worse than the Niles hotel CO poisoning would be for it to happen again. Well, in the Boone, NC hotel poisoning, it happened twice. That is a horrible tragedy. They could have prevented the tragedy by conducting an investigation and placing carbon monoxide detectors in the pool area and by the rooms after the first time someone died. Carbon monoxide gas affects children and the elderly more than others, so it is no wonder that these were the victims, the most vulnerable, an elderly couple and a child. Hopefully the Niles, MI tragedy serves as a lesson to people and to the hotel to purchase carbon monoxide detectors and to know the warning signs of CO poisoning. As the fire captain implied in the Niles hotel CO poisoning, it could have been a lot worse with more people who died. Unfortunately though, the children who survived may still face neurological and behavioral problems as a result of the poisoning.