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Carbon monoxide detectors

Do you have them? Do they have battery back up? If you answered NO to either of these questions, please read on.

As most of you know, we have had terrible weather over the past week and many, many people have been without power. My brother’s family (and his extended family that is living with him temporarily) was one of them.

They lost their power Thursday. Fortunately, they have a generator. They set it up on the side of the house, instead of the back as they have in the past.

On Sunday, their power came back at approximately 8:30. Everyone was in bed because they had not been feeling well and were very tired. Around 10:00, his brother-in-law came and woke him because “something was beeping downstairs”. Turned out there was an ELECTRIC carbon monoxide detector down there and by the time the power came back on and it got a reading, it was at 77. Humans can survive approximately 4 hours with a reading of 80.

So, yes. Had the power not come on, my brother, his wife and son, his brother-in-law, sister-in-law, niece, nephew and mother-in-law would not be with us today. I am horrified by the thought.

So, please. If you do not have carbon monoxide detectors, get them. If you do not have battery back up carbon monoxide detectors, get them. If you do have battery back up carbon monoxide detectors, please check those batteries regularly.

I love my family and friends very much and I need you all to be around for a long, long time, okay?!?!?!

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