Of­fi­cials warn res­i­dents about dan­gers of car­bon monox­ide

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - NEWS - Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

WEST CH­ESTER >> State Sen. Andy Din­ni­man, D-19, was re­cently joined by the Carly Im­bierow­icz Foun­da­tion in warn­ing chil­dren, teens, and fam­i­lies of the dan­gers of car­bon monox­ide.

“As colder tem­per­a­tures set in, more res­i­dents are us­ing heaters, fire­places, fur­naces, gen­er­a­tors and other ap­pli­ances that pro­duce car­bon monox­ide,” Din­ni­man said. “There’s also the dan­ger of car­bon monox­ide poi­son­ing in mal­func­tion­ing ve­hi­cles or those with ex­haust pipes that are blocked by leaves, mud or snow. It’s im­por­tant to be aware of the dan­gers of car­bon monox­ide poi­son­ing and take steps to pre­vent it be­cause it can very dif­fi­cult to de­tect.”

Car­bon monox­ide is called the “silent killer” – it’s col­or­less, odor­less, taste­less and can’t be de­tected by hu­mans without the help of an alarm or de­tec­tor. De­pend­ing on the de­gree and length of ex­po­sure, car­bon monox­ide poi­son­ing can harm the cen­tral ner­vous sys­tem, cause per­ma­nent brain dam­age or dam­age the heart, lead­ing to lifethreat­en­ing car­diac com­pli­ca­tions or death.

Re­cently, Din­ni­man joined with Donna Im­bierow­icz of the Carly Im­bierow­icz Foun­da­tion to spread the word and raise aware­ness of the dan­gers of car­bon monox­ide. Din­ni­man also spon­sored a Se­nate Res­o­lu­tion of­fi­cially des­ig­nat­ing Novem­ber 2018 as Car­bon Monox­ide Aware­ness Month in Penn­syl­va­nia.

The foun­da­tion is named for the late Carly Marie Im­bierow­icz who, along with her friend, Daulton, trag­i­cally passed away from car­bon monox­ide poi­son­ing on their way home from a movie in Novem­ber 2014. A bro­ken ex­haust pipe al­lowed deadly car­bon monox­ide gas to en­ter the car through the pas­sen­ger air vents and the teens per­ished within min­utes. Since then, Carly’s mother, Donna, has been a strong and stead­fast ad­vo­cate for rais­ing aware­ness of the dan­gers and preva­lence of car­bon monox­ide poi­son­ing.

Din­ni­man said he re­mains com­mit­ted to ed­u­cat­ing mo­torists, es­pe­cially teens and stu­dent driv­ers, about the threat of car­bon monox­ide poi­son­ing, which claimed the lives of young peo­ple in our area in re­cent years.

Through Din­ni­man’s lead­er­ship, Pen­nDOT also re­vised the Penn­syl­va­nia Driver’s Man­ual to in­clude im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion about the dan­gers of car­bon monox­ide poi­son­ing.

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