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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning From Generator Likely Killed Michigan Family of Six

Authorities say carbon monoxide poisoning is likely what killed a Michigan couple and their four children over the weekend. The family of six was discovered inside their Fenton Township home Sunday, Feb. 21. Genesee County, Mich., Sheriff Robert Pickell told WNEM that Leonard and Heather Quasarano and their children Luke, 11, Brenden, 9, Rachel, 7, and Grant, 2 were discovered unresponsive inside their home by concerned grandparents who gained entry through the back door. The Sheriff told WNEM that the Quasarano family attended a movie night at their church Friday evening. When they returned home around 9:30 p.m. they discovered ... Read More

Accidental carbon monoxide poisoning suspected in death of Maryland family

Authorities investigating the deaths of a Maryland father and his seven children said that carbon monoxide poisoning from a gas generator was likely the cause of death. Rodney Todd, 36, was found dead Monday afternoon in his Princess Anne, Md., home along with his five daughters, Tynijuiza Todd, 15; Tykira Todd, 12; Tybree Todd, 10; Tyania Todd, 9; and Tybria Todd, 6, and two sons, Cameron Todd, 13, and Zycheim Todd, 7. Tyisha Chambers, 36, identified in reports as the mother of the seven children, was not in the house at the time. Princess Anne Police Chief Scott Keller told ... Read More

American Honda Recalls 150,600 Portable Generators Due To Fire and Burn Hazards

After four reported incidents of fuel leaks, American Honda and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) have announced a voluntary recall of around 150,600 portable generators. Consumers should immediately end use of recalled products unless instructed otherwise. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell any recalled consumer product. Despite no injuries or fires reported, the fuel leaks can pose fire and burn hazards. The Honda gasoline-powered generators that have been recalled are labeled with model number EU2000i and serial numbers EAAJ-2260273 through EAAJ-2485025. Furthermore, the generators are black and red in color or have a camouflage design, ... Read More

New technology reduces generator CO emissions, improves safety

Historically, furnaces have been responsible for the most non-fire carbon monoxide (CO) deaths in the United States. But CO deaths have been on the rise since 1999, when generators hit the consumer market. In fact, from 2006 to 2008, generators surpassed furnaces for CO deaths, accounting for 43 percent of CO deaths compared to heating systems, such as furnaces, at 33 percent. Now a new study released by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) demonstrates that innovative technology can now dramatically reduce deadly CO emissions from certain portable gasoline-powered generators. If what the study proves is indeed accurate, this ... Read More

CPSC warns storm victims to take care using portable generators

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the wake of the severe weather that spawned numerous tornadoes throughout the Southeast and cut a path of destruction through Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama and Georgia, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is alerting storm victims to take care using portable generators. Due to widespread power outages, portable generators are commonly used to provide electricity. However, when not properly ventilated, these generators can pose a hazard themselves, from carbon monoxide poisoning. The CPSC reports at least 43 deaths linked to carbon monoxide poisoning from portable generators in 2009. The CPSC offers the following safety tips to protect ... Read More