Snowstorm Jonas claimed the lives of a mother and her toddler son, but it wasn't because of the cold — it was from carbon monoxide poisoning from the blocked tailpipe of their car.
Sashalynn Rosa, 23, was inside her car with her 1-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter, with the motor running, while the children's father tried to dig them out of the enormous snowdrift that covered the vehicle. Unfortunately the car's tailpipe was blocked by snow, sending exhaust back inside the car. The three were rushed to the hospital, but tragically only the 3-year-old survived. She is listed in critical condition as of this writing.
Most of us know how dangerous it is to start the car in a closed garage. But how many of us realize those same deadly conditions can be created by snow?
According to a 2007 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report, 147 people die annually from carbon monoxide poisoning from vehicle exhaust. And every year, many of those deaths are the result of snow blocking an exhaust pipe.
Don't let this happen to you or your loved ones. Follow these important tips to keep your family safe from carbon monoxide poisoning during or after a storm:
Carbon monoxide poisoning can also happen when vents around your home are blocked by snow too. So be sure to check that after a storm as well.
A young father lost his beloved partner and at least one of his children from this understandable but deadly mistake. Imagine his heartbreak — and make sure you avoid the same.
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