For Immediate Release: November 9, 2017

Contact: Bob Rosser at 919-807-6011

400 People Killed Every Year Due to Unintentional Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

National Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week aims to raise awareness of danger to children

RALEIGH -- Invisible and odorless, carbon monoxide poisoning has proven to be a dangerous threat to American families with 400 people killed and 21,000 sent to emergency rooms due to unintentional poisonings every year. Young kids are at even greater risk, with a quarter of all CO-related calls to poison control centers in 2015 being for children. To raise awareness about this issue and encourage families to be prepared, Safe Kids North Carolina will join Safe Kids Worldwide, Kidde, the National Association of State Fire Marshalls and other experts for National CO Awareness Week from November 5-12, 2017.

“There’s a reason carbon monoxide is called the ‘invisible killer,’ and we want to make sure parents understand the risks,” said Mike Causey, Insurance Commissioner and Chair of Safe Kids NC. “With the winter months approaching, now’s the perfect time to make sure your alarms are all working so you can sleep peacefully at night.”

This marks the first year that these organizations have brought carbon monoxide awareness to light on a national scale. The group of partners are also working together to share simple tips and tools for families, including:

About Safe Kids North Carolina
Safe Kids North Carolina works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the number one cause of death for children in the United States.