The St. Louis Fire Department received a $90,000 grant from the assistance to Firefighter's Grant program to install Carbon Monoxide alarms. The grant funds were distributed through the Fire Prevention and Safety section of the grant program.
The program targets homes of
seniors and those with small or unborn children. Everyone is at risk to
Carbon Monoxide exposure. However, medical experts believe that unborn
babies, infants, children, senior citizens, and people with heart or
lung problems are at even greater risk for CO poisoning.
monoxide is an odorless, colorless, and toxic gas. Because it is
impossible to see, taste or smell the toxic fumes, CO can kill a person
before they are aware it is in their home. CO gas con come from several
sources, including: gas-fueled appliances, charcoal grills, wood-burning
furnaces or fireplaces, and motor vehicles.
At lower levels of
exposure, CO causes mild effects that are often mistaken for the flu.
These symptoms include headaches, dizziness, disorientation, nausea and
fatigue. The effects of CO exposure can vary greatly from person to
person depending on age, overall health and the concentration and length
The funding, provided by the grant, allowed the St.
Louis Fire Department to purchased 2,000 CO alarms, which are available
immediately. City of St. Louis residents interested in participation in
the program may call 314-533-3406