Officials warn residents about dangers of carbon monoxide
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.