I just read this story about the death of a family here in Missouri.
Four people were found dead in their home from apparent carbon monoxide poisoning.
This tragedy serves as a reminder that every home needs to have a carbon monoxide detector.
And with that reminder comes the harsh reality that carbon monoxide detectors aren’t cheap…but they are necessary.
I’m sensitive to this because my family had a carbon monoxide scare a couple of years ago and the only reason we were alerted was because my sister scored a detector in response to a colleague’s scare.
Our house had not been rehabbed to vent properly and carbon monoxide built up as a result. We owe a lot to the fact that our house is old and drafty or we’d likely have had a tragedy of our own - the detector went off almost as soon as my sister took it out of the box.
We were lucky.
Many are not.
If you’re giving gifts this holiday season please consider giving new homeowners carbon monoxide detectors...and you can also drop them into gift collection boxes.
If you don’t have a carbon monoxide detector in your house I urge you to get one.
The weather is dangerously cold…many people are turning on the heat for the first time since last year…and furnaces break or money gets tight so we don’t get them serviced and so on and so forth.
Okay, I'm done.
Be safe and be warm.