Carbon Monoxide—The Silent Killer

Carbon Monoxide—The Silent Killer

In September 2014, 147 people at North Mac Middle School in Girard, IL, were rushed to local hospitals after being poisoned with carbon monoxide. A gas water heater had malfunctioned (despite passing inspection a few months previous).  By law, homes in Illinois are required to have a working carbon monoxide detector—not so for schools. 

The Top 3 Substances Involved in IPC Poisoning Cases

The IPC receives calls on almost 74,000 exposure calls per year on a wide variety of different substances—medicines, household cleaners, plants/mushrooms, chemicals, bug bites and stings, food poisoning, recreational drugs, environmental toxins and more.  If it’s potentially harmful, you can call the IPC about it!  A common question we get is, “What substances do you … more