According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that causes more than 400 deaths, 20,000 emergency room visits and 4,000 hospitalizations every year in America. Fatality is apparently highest among individuals 65 and older. The center said people who are asleep can die from carbon monoxide poisoning before ever experiencing symptoms.
“They are very lucky to be here,” Benjamin said of her parents. “This was a wake-up call for everyone. It’s unfortunate that it happened, but the outcome was positive and we are trying to look at it as a teaching experience, so others can become aware of the dangers that can be in the home.”
The couple said the family has realized how important it is to make sure carbon monoxide detectors are present in the home and working properly.
“Our son-in-law just went out and bought four,” Dan Morehouse said. “Two for their home and two for ours.”