In Austin, Texas, Sunday morning, EMS workers rescued six people with carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Initial reports stated that five people were suffering and one was unconscious. They were all hospitalized for treatment. According to NFPA’s “Non-Fire Carbon Monoxide Incidents” report, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 80,100 non-fire CO incidents in 2010 in which CO was found, or an average of nine calls per hour.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can happen any time, but according to NFPA’s Non-Fire Carbon Monoxide Incidents Fact Sheet, occurrences are more common between the months of November and February. As part of their "Put a Freeze on Winter Fires" campaign to promote fire safety during the winter, NFPA and the United States Fire Administration encourage the public to be aware of the dangers of this invisible, odorless, and colorless gas.