The Marion County (Ind.) Health Department heads to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to warn fans about the dangers of carbon monoxide.
The group this month is giving 10,000 informational handouts to owners of recreation vehicles parked near the track, according to WIBC Radio.
Jeff Laramore, manager of hazardous materials at the Marion County Health Department, says it’s important for RVs to be equipped with specialized carbon monoxide detectors.
“Because of the way they operate, they typically require a different type of detector than the ones usually found in a person’s home,” Laramore said.
The health department first launched the educational outreach initiative during the 2008 Brickyard 400, after an RV parked near the track in May of that same year filled with carbon monoxide, killing one person and hospitalizing three others.
Laramore says people are particularly vulnerable to carbon monoxide poisoning in stagnant air. With no wind, the invisible and odorless gas coming from generators can reach dangerous levels inside RVs.
Hundreds of people die each year from carbon monoxide produced by fuel burning appliances and thousands go to emergency rooms for treatment of carbon monoxide poisoning.
The Marion County Health Department in Indiana is distributing over 10,000 flyers encouraging RV campers in the area for the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday to check their campers to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
Hazardous materials manager Jeff Larmour says the education outrea How To Win Your Ex Girlfriend Back After Along Time ch effort is a proactive approach to hopefully preventing illness or death from carbon monoxide poisoning, according to WIBC Radio.
Larmour says while CO poisoning in campers is relatively rare, there have been instances in Indianapolis during the month of May when problems have occurred.
The flyers encourage campers to check all of their connections and alarms and to conduct alarm tests if they haven’t already done so.
Flyers have been given to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for distribution within the track property, and the health department has delivered flyers to the largest surrounding properties that allow campers to park.
Smaller lots and private citizens in the area who allow camper parking and would like the flyers for distribution can contact the Marion County Health Department for more information.