Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission, a child is far more susceptible to carbon monoxide poisoning than an adult because a child requires more oxygen and uses it faster than adults. The CPSC also notes that a child's central nervous system is not fully developed and is susceptible to the toxic exposure of carbon monoxide poisoning. Consider the following tragic statistics: Approximately 24 children a year die from carbon monoxide poisoning, with an additional 3,500 reported injuries requiring a visit to the emergency room. Carbon monoxide can cause severe learning disability, memory loss, and personality changes in children. Here are some helpful tips for keeping your family safe: Install carbon monoxide detectors in all sleeping rooms, and within 15 feet froma heat source. It is very important that a detector be placed within 15 feet of fuel burning appliances because this is the most likely source of carbon monoxide release, and the detector will sound immediately upon improper release. Hardwire detectors, if possible. This simply means to buy a detector that can be plugged directly into the wall. Virtually all direct current detectors have a battery backup in case of a power outage. Experts agree that direct current hardwire carbon monoxide detectors are the safest because people never have to change the batteries. If batteries are needed, check batteries once a year.
Choose a date to test or replace the batteries, like a holiday or birthday, so you won't forget.
Only purchase carbon monoxide detectors that have been approved by the United Laboratories (UL). Detectors will be clearly marked with the UL symbol.
For the latest tests, reviews and recommendations of carbon monoxide detectors visit
www.consumerreports.org. Don Keenan, internationally recognized child advocate and founder of the Keenan's Kids Foundation, has published a book on child safety titled, 365 Ways to Keep Kids Safe, which is available from
www.balloonpress.com or www.amazon.com. All proceeds benefit the Keenan's Kids Foundation.