Sadly, it seems like every few months, we write about the importance of traveling with a portable carbon monoxide detector after travelers die in their hotel rooms. Unfortunately, a carbon monoxide incident has occurred again, this time at a hotel in Mexico. RELATED: Tourists in Bahamas Killed By Carbon Monoxide Poisoning – Here’s How to Protect Yourself
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According to NBC News, “Police in a seaside community on Mexico’s Baja California peninsula said Wednesday that two Americans have been found dead in their hotel room. According to a police, paramedics received a report Tuesday that the Americans were unconscious in their room. They were dead by the time paramedics arrived. The suspected cause of death was inhalation of gas.”
Strangely enough, a reader, Fred D., recently sent me an email saying: “On carbon monoxide/smoke detectors – I note that Europe does not seem to have the concerns we have about the necessity of these devices in the U.S. So, I make sure to bring my own. Another thing to notice in European hotels (at least from my experience) is that peek holes in the room door so you can see who is knocking – not customary like here in U.S. hotels.”
I also received a similar message from a reader Randy L.: “Johnny, I am looking for a Carbon Monoxide sensor that is small and can be used while traveling. Have any ideas?”
I invested in a portable carbon monoxide detector for when I travel due to the increasing number of incidents involving carbon monoxide leaks and I’m glad I did. It gives me and my family peace of mind and you can’t be too careful, not just in hotels but especially in vacation rentals. A portable carbon monoxide detector is small, lightweight, inexpensive and can save your life and the lives of those you love.
For more information about what exactly carbon monoxide is and how to install and care for an alarm in your home, check out this useful information from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
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