Indiana officials launch RV carbon monoxide education campaign
Thousands of NASCAR fans and RVers will have started to arrive in Indianapolis for the legendary Indianapolis 500, scheduled for Sunday, May 30. The Marion County Health Department in Indiana is reaching out to them in advance of the race to warn them about the dangers of carbon monoxide in their vehicles.
WIBC-FM reports that officials will hand out 10,000 informational handouts to RVers parked near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway warning them about the potentially deadly gas.
The health department's Jeff Laramore told the news provider that many RV owners aren't aware that they need specialized carbon monoxide detectors in their vehicles.
"Because of the way they operate, they typically require a different type of detector than the ones usually found in a person's home," he said.
He added that the invisible, odorless gas can be omitted from generators and can reach dangerous levels inside RVs.
The campaign was launched following an incident at the speedway in 2008. One person was killed and three others were hospitalized when an RV parked near the racetrack filled with carbon monoxide during the Brickyard 400 race.