Officials with the Boiling Springs Fire District announced that the District was recently awarded a grant from the Jeffrey Lee Williams Foundation that will provide 100 carbon monoxide alarms and 4 carbon monoxide monitors.
At no charge and while supplies last, the carbon monoxide alarms will be available to residents of the Boiling Springs Fire District upon request. District personnel will schedule a time to install the alarms and also offer an inspection of the home for potential fire hazards.
The body-worn carbon monoxide monitors will be housed on several of the District’s fire trucks and will be used by firefighters to measure carbon monoxide levels inside residential and commercial buildings – allowing fire personnel to take occupants outside to fresh air if indoor environments are unsafe.
Captain Gary Rogers, Boiling Springs Fire District’s Community Risk Reduction (CRR) officer was excited to receive the grant. “Each year, there are over 20,000 emergency room visits due to carbon monoxide poisoning. More than 4000 of those cases lead to hospitalizations, and unfortunately, there are more than 400 carbon monoxide deaths annually. We want to do our part to make sure that none of those statistics come from our district, and we are extremely grateful to the Jeffrey Lee Williams Foundation for their live-saving support.”
Chief Steve Graham echoed Rogers’ sentiment. “Our Community Risk Reduction program is about more than fire prevention. It’s about saving lives. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas, and because red blood cells absorb carbon monoxide faster than oxygen – which then replaces oxygen in blood with CO – poisoning can occur quickly. These CO alarms and monitors from the Jeffrey Lee Williams Foundation can help save lives right here in Greenville County.”
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