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Why injury? It's this simple: more children die from injuries every year than from the next three leading causes of death combined. Nobody knows this because no one is talking about it. In the U.S., one child dies every hour from an injury that could have been prevented. Around the world, a child dies every 30 seconds as the result of an injury. You don’t need to have a child to know that we can do better.


Yes, It Really Happens: Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

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Last weekend, there was tragic news out of Michigan: a teenage boy died and fourteen others were admitted to the hospital due to carbon monoxide poisoning at a hotel. Police investigators have pointed to the hotel’s pool heater, which had not been properly maintained and was leaking the deadly gas into the air. There was no carbon monoxide alarm in the pool room.

Unfortunately, carbon monoxide poisoning really does happen, and as this story and others show, it can affect anyone, anytime, anywhere. Carbon monoxide can’t be seen, smelled, or heard (no soft hissing noise like you might get with natural gas leaking from your stove). Even police officers and firefighters need protection from carbon monoxide.

So how do you stay safe? An alarm is the only way to know if carbon monoxide is in your home. (Note: carbon monoxide alarms are not the same as smoke alarms—you need both.) Install alarms near sleeping areas and on every level of your home, and test them regularly to make sure they’re working. If your alarm goes off, get outside and call the fire department.

Yes, carbon monoxide poisoning may happen, but with the right precautions, we can end this kind of injury.

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