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Keyword: carbon monoxide

Nine people from Edgemere, including a critically ill child, were transported Sunday to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center yesterday with apparent carbon monoxide poisoning.

BCoFD crews were dispatched to the 7800 block of St. Claire Lane, 21222, at about 7:30 a.m. and quickly discovered elevated levels of deadly carbon monoxide (CO) gas in three rowhomes.

Carbon monoxide -- an invisible, odorless gas -- is produced as a result of incomplete fuel combustion. In this case, residents were running a portable generator in a stairwell because there was no power to the home, and the gas permeated the homes.

Generators must be placed at least 15 feet from doors and windows to avoid having poisonous gas enter the home.

Fire crews identified the generator as the source of the problem and ventilated the buildings. 

Eleven additional patients were evaluated at the scene but refused transport to the hospital.

Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that each year carbon monoxide gas is responsible for more than 50,000 emergency department visits, resulting in more than 400 deaths. Our fact sheet on CO poisoning explains how this deadly gas is produced and the symptoms of CO poisoning.

BCoFD strongly encourages every home and business to protect itself against deadly CO building by installing carbon monoxide alarms. These alarms sound an alert when CO begins to build up so you can get out of the building and call first responders before you become ill. High levels of CO can kill in a short period of time.

BCoFD's Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Educational Program  provides education and training tailored to individual residents. The program includes funds for alarms for residents who participate in the educational program and meet the program criteria.

This weekend marks the 50th week of theFirefighters have visited more than 22,000 homes through the Smoke & CO Alarm Education Program. Fire Department's Smoke & Carbon Monoxide  Education Program -- a program that has helped us reach more than 22,000 homes with life-saving fire safety information.

BCoFD station personnel will visit neighborhoods again this weekend, talking to residents about fire safety and specifically about how to install smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms.  Equipping your home or apartment with these alarms is the single most important fire safety step you can take.

About 3,000 smoke/CO alarms have been distributed through the program to qualifying households. Details about the program are available on our Fire Department web site.

About the Program

This educational initiative—which targets neighborhoods at higher risk from fire and CO-related incidents—is supported by a major grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Fire Prevention and Safety program. 

About 60 children and adults have been evacuated from a school in Owings Mills due to a carbon monoxide leak.

Baltimore County Fire and EMS crews responded at 11:17 a.m. to The Shafer Center, 11500 block of Cronridge Rd., 21117, a school for special needs children. Staff members noticed an unusual smell (probably the result of improper fuel combustion, since CO is odorless) and called BGE, which in turn called 911 after the school's carbon monoxide alarms activated.

BCoFD crews found high levels of CO, a dangerous gas produced by incomplete fuel combustion, and evacuated the building. Children and staff are housed next door at the Maryland Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program station. Shafer Center students and staff will not be allowed back into the building today; the Center is in the process of contacting parents.

One adult has been transported to local hospitals for evaluation of non life-threatening symptoms.

CO levels have dropped following ventilation and other mitigation by firefighters. Observations from Fire personnel indicate a problem with the heating system.

Fire crews began clearing the scene around 1:40 p.m.

Revised June 27, 2017