A lack of power may have led to the deaths of seven children from carbon monoxide poisoning. Police discovered the bodies of Eric Todd, 36, along with his seven children on April 6, 2015, all dead of apparent Carbon Monoxide poisoning. Police found a gas generator in the kitchen that had run out of fuel. The two boys and five girls ranged in ages from 6 to 13, and appeared to have died in their sleep.
Let this be a reminder to everyone else: make sure your home has carbon monoxide detectors, since this orderless invisible gas kills between 400 and 500 people each year. You can find additional tips on protecting your family from this threat in our section on carbon monoxide poisoning in our online child safety book.