The staff of the Orange Fire Marshal's Office have been fielding calls from concerned residents with regard to carbon monoxide emergencies following a tragic event involving carbon monoxide poisoning that claimed the lives of three family members, and sent three additional people to the hospital in East Lyme Sunday, Jan. 11.
As reported by local media, it was found that a blocked chimney was to blame for a buildup of carbon monoxide gas in the home. Carbon monoxide poisoning is a serious threat that people need to get informed about. By educating ourselves on the dangers of carbon monoxide, we can significantly reduce the health risk, as well as save lives. So in response to many of the questions that the Fire Marshal's Office has received, we have decided to include this article to help you and your families stay safe this winter season.