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Kent, Washington – Three People Hospitalized Following Exposure to Carbon Monoxide

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Posted on February 13, 2020

Kent, Washington (February 12, 2020) – Three people were taken to the hospital after being exposed to carbon monoxide in a Kent neighborhood. According to the report from KOMO News, several residents called firefighters after feeling sick and confused. Three people were treated at the scene and later taken to a hospital.

Crews from Puget Sound Fire responded to the incident around 8:20 a.m. on Wednesday. The first arriving crews got an alarm on their carbon monoxide meters and called in the hazardous materials team and medics. Update: According to a tweet from Puget Sound Fire techs have discovered that a furnace in the area was not the source of the carbon monoxide and the true source is yet to be determined.

About Hazardous Material Incidents

According to Safeopedia.com, hazardous material incidents involve the uncontrolled release of one or more hazardous materials in a location which puts human lives or the environment at risk of damage. Furthermore, the website also defines the term “HAZMAT Incident” as an umbrella term for any incident which involve the release or exposure to biological, chemical and radioactive hazards. Since there is a variety of hazardous materials that can be involved there is no set response to this particular incident. There are three types of hazmat incidents: simple spills, major spills, and emergencies. Simple spills do not spread rapidly and don’t pose an immediate threat to surrounding humans or the environment. Depending on the workplace, these incidents may not require reporting and may be cleaned up by a qualified worker. Major spills and emergencies, on the other hand, are reportable incidents that fulfill one of these conditions: incidents where the hazardous materials spread rapidly, endanger humans or the environment, has caused a person to require medical treatment for either injury or exposure, or involves an individual needing rescue. From this information, it is clear that hazmat incidents can result in lasting injuries and even fatalities. We urge all workplaces that use hazardous materials to run strict safety guidelines. Workplace safety should never be taken for granted in order to prevent damage, not only to human lives, but for the sake of the environment as well.

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Note: The exact location of the incident has not been reported.