Dozens Of Kids Hospitalized For Dangerous Gas Leak At Their Day Care

Carbon Monoxide at Pennsylvania Day Care Center Sends 2 Dozen to Hospitals – The New York Times

Firefighters responded to a call about an unconscious child at the Happy Smiles Learning Center around 7:30 a.m., and found high levels of carbon monoxide. They evacuated the building and took 27 children and staff to hospitals.

Emergency responders went to the child care center in Allentown, Pennsylvania, on reports of an unconscious child. The building was evacuated after air quality detectors triggered.

A staffer had called one of the parents to tell her a child had collapsed. She arrived at the center within minutes and saw the boy in an ambulance.

The Lehigh Valley Health Network treated 19 children ranging in age from several months to 10 years old for carbon monoxide poisoning. Some patients required more aggressive treatment.

More than 400 Americans die every year from unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning, which can happen when people are in poorly ventilated, contained spaces where carbon monoxide is trapped. Inhaling too much carbon monoxide can lead to serious tissue damage, including damage to the brain and heart.

The Pennsylvania Senate is trying to require carbon monoxide detectors in childcare centers, but Allentown went a step further and required all childcare centers to have one by October 27.

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