TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) — Carbon monoxide is a dangerous threat to American families and SAFE Kids Tulsa Area, in collaboration with The Children's Hospital at Saint Francis, wants families to stay safe.
Carbon monoxide causes 400 deaths and 21,000 hospitalizations every year due to unintentional poisonings. Young children are at an even higher risk, with a quarter of all CO-related calls in 2015 being for children, according to the press release.
To raise awareness and encourage families to be prepared, SAFE Kids Tulsa Area joins SAFE Kids Worldwide, Kidde, the National Association of State Fire Marshalls and other experts for National Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week from Nov. 5 to Nov. 12.
"There's a reason carbon monoxide is called the 'invisible killer,' and we want to make sure parents understand the risks," said Beth Washington, SAFE Kids Tulsa Area coordinator. "With the winter months approaching, now's the perfect time to make sure your carbon monoxide alarms are all working so you can sleep peacefully at night."
Here are some simple tips and tools for families:
For more information about National Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week, contact Beth Washington at (918) 494-8256.