Multiple People in Critical Condition After Hotel Poisoning


( – One generally has certain expectations when checking into a hotel — a clean room, fresh sheets, and maybe even a chocolate bar or a mint on the nightstand. What no one anticipates is winding up in the hospital. Unfortunately for nearly a dozen guests at a Hampton Inn, this past Saturday’s stay became a life or death situation.

During the evening hours of January 29th, authorities received a phone call stating a 2-year-old girl at the Marysville, Ohio location was unconscious. More calls began coming in shortly after as victims began dropping like flies.

The hotel was immediately evacuated in response to reports of dizziness, burning throats, and loss of consciousness. The culprit? Dangerous levels of carbon monoxide (CO).

In total, 11 people fell ill due to carbon monoxide poisoning, 7 of which ended up in critical or severe condition. The source of the CO is currently under investigation, though the pool’s heater is a prime suspect.

Carbon monoxide poisoning is a serious and often lethal threat. As such, it’s vital to know how to avoid it.

Tips to Avoid Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning isn’t a threat to be taken lightly. It is lethal, and because the gas is odorless, it can be impossible to detect without the proper equipment. Reports from the CDC indicate that 430 people, on average, die each year due to carbon monoxide poisoning.

Obviously, the best way to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning is to install a carbon monoxide detector in the home, and in the RV. But that is just the start. Here are some tips to avoid letting carbon monoxide accumulate inside any structure:

  • Never use a gas grill or camping stove indoors. Many people will bring these indoors during a power outage in an attempt to stay warm or cook food. This is a huge mistake.
  • Never use portable generators indoors, or nearby windows, doorways, camper trailers, or tents.
  • Check fireplaces and woodstoves. The screen to the ventilation pipes can become covered with soot or other debris, causing the carbon monoxide to back up into the home.
  • Never run an automobile, or any gasoline-powered engine, inside an enclosed area, such as the garage.
  • Place multiple carbon monoxide detectors in the home. These should be placed anywhere there is a possibility of carbon monoxide being produced, such as by the furnace or in the kitchen.

The symptoms of CO poisoning include dull headaches, nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath, blurry vision, confusion, and the loss of consciousness. For those who are intoxicated or sleeping when the poisoning occurs, the symptoms are often never noticed, making it all the more dangerous.

If CO poisoning is suspected, leave the area immediately and seek medical attention. Carbon monoxide poisoning can lead to severe health issues, such as irreversible brain damage. Get help as quickly as possible.

~Here’s to Your Survival!

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