North Carolina-based Kidde donated 200 detectors to Safe Kids Colorado this week following the death of a Denver family caused by carbon monoxide poisoning during their vacation in Aspen.
Safe Kids Colorado is a coalition of 50 different agencies through out the metro area. It works to reduce accidental injuries among children.
Leslie Feurerborn, who serves as the coalition's Denver coordinator, said, "It would be nice to provide one to every person who needs one, but we don't always have those resources to be able to do that, so this donation of 200 has just been a Godsend. It's just wonderful."
Jeff Dorrell is the North Metro Fire Rescue Life Safety Education Specialist and says a majority of families don't realize the importance of CO alarms in their homes.
"It's an odorless, colorless gas. Your heater can be malfunctioning or your water heater and you never know it. It is sort of a silent killer," said Dorrell.
Each year, carbon monoxide is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in the U.S., killing 500 and injuring more than 18,000.
Most CO poisonings happen during the winter months due to the increased use of fuel-burning appliances. Potential sources includes car exhaust, clothes dryers, grills, fireplaces, furnaces, water heaters, space heaters, oil furnaces, and portable generators.
The South Metro Fire Department, West Metro Fire Department, Westminster Fire Department, Arvada Fire Department, and Littleton Fire Department have each identified families that will receive the donated alarms in the coming weeks and are not taking calls from the public for the free devices.
If you live in the North Metro Fire Protection District, 30 detectors will be available starting Monday. To see if you qualify call Dorrell at 720-887-0404.
For more information about carbon monoxide poisoning, log on to rmpdc.org or cpsc.org.
Since many stores have recently seen a shortage of CO detectors, local agencies suggest purchasing one online if your local retailer is out. They start at $20 and different models are available.
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