Safe Kids Allegheny County Promotes Carbon Monoxide Safety in the Home

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From left to right: Stan Jonas and Brandon Antinopoulos, members of the Allegheny County Pharmacists Association; Lisa Epps and Chief Darryl Jones, Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire; Kristen Urso, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC; and Scott Henzler, Pittsburgh Poison Center.

Safe Kids Allegheny County, of which Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC is the lead agency, recently partnered with the Allegheny County Pharmacists Association and Pittsburgh Poison Center to provide Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire with dozens of carbon monoxide detectors to emphasize the importance of safety in the home around all fuel burning appliances.

“Because carbon monoxide cannot be seen and has no taste or smell, it is critical that you install a CO detector on every level of the home and near every bedroom,” said Kristen Urso, M.Ed., program coordinator, Safe Kids Allegheny County. “Remember that seconds count and even the onset of early symptoms may be too late for some, especially young children, because their bodies are smaller than adults.”

Safe Kids and partners met recently with Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire to kick off the partnership.

The CO detectors were just one part of the celebrations for Poison Prevention Week. They also provided over 18,000 Poison Prevention Checklists and 15,000 Mr. Yuk stickers to every pharmacy in Allegheny County, and every Head Start and preschool in Allegheny County. A special thanks to students from Duquesne University’s Mylan School of Pharmacy and drivers from both Cardinal Health Prestige Deliveries and McKesson Drug Company.  This work was funded through a grant with the Highmark Foundation.

For information on receiving a CO detector in the City of Pittsburgh, please contact Lisa Epps at For an electronic copy of the poison prevention checklist, please contact Kristen Urso at

For more information on safety initiatives at Children’s, visit