Medic's portable CO detector averts tragedy
Small alarm, clipped to jump kit, alerted medics, patient, and family to dangerous levels of CO inside home
By Paul Forsyth
Niagara This Week
NIAGARA FALLS, Ontario — A portable carbon monoxide detector clipped on an equipment bag carried by Niagara paramedics may have saved nine people from dying of carbon monoxide poisoning last week, emergency officials say.
Niagara Emergency Medical Service (EMS), which operates the Region’s ambulance service, said two paramedics responded to a medical call of a woman suffering symptoms last Thursday evening at a single family home in south Niagara Falls.
Rick Ferron, deputy chief of operations for the ambulance service, said high levels of carbon monoxide were quickly detected by the portable alarm within 40 seconds.
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