UPDATED: 7 Hospitalized After High Levels of CO Found in Home

UPDATED: Seven people were hospitalized last night after high levels of Carbon Monoxide were found inside their home, as reported last night on our News Alerts.

The Fire Department responded to the Ocean Avenue home around 10 PM, and discovered the high level of CO in the home, where eleven people resided.

“The levels at the home were extremely high,” Fire Chief Todd Stark tells TLS. “They were at about 450-500 Parts Per Million,” Stark says.

The family was reportedly alerted of the CO by a Carbon Monoxide detector, though officials are not yet sure at what point the alarm went off, and are also not sure if the family immediately acknowledged the issue.

Typically, at about 15-30 PPM, the CO alarm sounds, Chief Stark said.

The family members were transported to KMC by EMS and Lakewood First Aid, for observation and blood work, Stark confirmed.

Had it been a couple hours longer, the results could have been deadly.

“Had they gone to sleep, this could have been bad,” the Chief said.

The Chief says this incident is one of the worst he’s seen in a residential home.

NJ Natural Gas and the Inspections Department responded to the home.

Stark says they are still investigating, but initial reports indicate the issue was caused by work done on the furnace earlier in the day.

The family was not allowed back, and were made other arrangements for the night, an official said. [TLS-46/TLS-28/TLS-CCP/TLS-WM]

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8 COMMENTS

  1. a $20 CO detector probably saved 11 lives last night, B”H they were smart enough to install them. If you don’t have one, what is your excuse now??

  2. 35 ppm Headache and dizziness within 6 – 8 hours of constant exposure

    100 ppm Slight headache in 2 – 3 hours

    200 ppm Slight headache within 2 – 3 hours; loss of judgment

    400 ppm Frontal headache within 1 – 2 hours

    800 ppm Dizziness, nausea, and seizures within 45 min; insensible within 2 hours

    1,600 ppm Headache, rapid heartrate, dizziness, and nausea within 20 min; death in less than 2 hours

    3,200 ppm Headache, dizziness, and nausea in 5 – 10 min. Death within 30 min.

    6,400 ppm Headache and dizziness in 1 – 2 minutes. Seizures, respiratory arrest, death less than 20 min

    12,800 ppm Unconsciousness after 2 – 3 breaths. Death in less than 3 minutes.

  3. I have relatives who were saved by a detector the DAY they purchased and installed it. As soon as they hooked it up, it sounded an alarm. Both were hospitalized to clear their system. Had they gone to sleep that night, it could’ve been fatal. It is irresponsible not to have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in the home. Make sure you change the batteries regularly.

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