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Somerset Co. Raises Awareness in Schools about Carbon Monoxide

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 PRINCESS ANNE, Md.- Somerset County health and social service officials are teaming up with Princess Anne's fire chief, Robert Wells, to educate students about the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning after a father and his seven children died from it two weeks ago.

Around 8:45 Friday morning,Wells kicked-off the first of several 45-minute lessons at Princess Anne Elementary School, on the effects of carbon monoxide. Pre-k and kindergarten students were the first to file into the school gym for the interactive session. 

Wells came up with the idea to educate students about the toxic gas.

"We're hoping to bring to their attention the side effects of carbon monoxide poisoning, what produces it and how we can take steps to prevent the tragedy that happened a couple of weeks ago," Wells said.

Wells showed the kids what a carbon monoxide detector looked and sounded like. He then used a clear jar to show how invisible the odorless and colorless gas is. The principal, Cortney Monar, stepped in to explain the types of heat sources that produce carbon monoxide, using drawings taped to the wall.

The examples included: a kerosene heater, a gas and electric stove, a chimney and an electric baseboard. Monar handed out pink slips for students to label sources that produce CO and green slips to label sources that do not produce it. She said the lesson will go far.

" It's going to save hundreds and millions of lives because it's across the country now," Monar said.

"We hope to educate our students and then have them take that education and information home to help their parents, so they can understand more about it," said Somerset County's assistant superintendent, Tom Davis.
 
Wells reached out to companies about the need for carbon monoxide detectors the day after the Todd family was discovered dead.

He said more than 300 CO detectors have been donated and he plans to conduct a door-to-door campaign to make sure all homes have them in the Princess Anne area. 
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