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Shreveport family hospitalized with carbon monoxide poisoning

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Firefighters were able to determine that the carbon monoxide was coming from a gasoline-powered generator running in the house. Firefighters were able to determine that the carbon monoxide was coming from a gasoline-powered generator running in the house.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

Two adults and one child were taken to the hospital Tuesday for accidental carbon monoxide poisoning at a home in Shreveport's Lakeside neighborhood.

Firefighters were called to the home in the 1400 block of Madison Avenue at 11:47 a.m., after one of the occupants reported general weakness, nausea, and light-headedness affecting the entire family.

Paramedics were able to determine that the occupants had suffered from inhaling dangerous carbon monoxide fumes. The family was removed from the home and all carbon monoxide-producing equipment was shut off.

According to the fire department, special carbon monoxide testing was done in the home, which showed levels in the home were 699 parts per million.

Levels exceeding 35 parts per million can create nausea, vomiting and headaches, therefore this family was in extreme danger" according to Fire Chief Craig Mulford. "The Shreveport Fire Department's policy is that a self-contained breathing apparatus must be worn if carbon monoxide levels reach more than 35 parts per million."

Firefighters were able to determine that the carbon monoxide was coming from a gasoline-powered generator running in the house.

The two adults and one small child were taken to Willis Knighton North, and are being observed by physicians.

Carbon monoxide poisoning prevention tips:

  • Purchase and install Carbon Monoxide detectors in the hallway near every separate sleeping area in the home if you use natural gas or a fireplace for your heating.  If your CO detector sounds, get out and call 911.  
  • Have your heating system, chimneys and fireplaces professionally inspected and serviced every year.
  • If you have natural gas heat in your home and began to feel dizzy, light-headed and nauseated, get outside immediately and call 911.
  • Do not attempt to heat your home with the oven because burning an open flame in a closed area uses up oxygen and produces deadly carbon monoxide gases. 
  • Do not use exhaust producing equipment in an enclosed area of a home
    occupied by humans.  
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