That’s how many entries we received from middle schoolers in our “Help Stop a Killer Contest.”
We sponsored this contest to help raise awareness about the dangers of carbon monoxide, or CO, in the home. More than 180 people die every year from accidental, non-fire related CO poisoning associated with consumer products. In 2007, more than half of those deaths occurred from November through February.
Products like faulty or incorrectly vented fuel-burning appliances. Products like stoves improperly used to warm a home in the winter. Products like portable generators improperly used inside basements or near homes, garages, or sheds.
CO is a poisonous gas that you can’t see or smell. In addition to following these safety tips, you should take two main steps to prevent a CO tragedy in your house:
- Have a professional inspect your fuel-burning appliances, such as your furnace and fireplace, every year, and
- Install a CO alarm on each level of your home and outside sleeping areas.
- Take these steps today. And look at the terrific posters that so many kids took the time to make. Learn from them. Share your favorites with friends.
As for us, we’re starting the judging and will announce the contest winners at the end of February.