Family with 4 kids who 'lit charcoal grill inside home' during Storm Uri hospitalized with carbon monoxide poisoningJanuary 31, 2022
A FAMILY who used a charcoal grill to heat up their apartment were hospitalized on Monday afternoon with carbon monoxide poisoning.
The family of six with four children, who were five to 10 years old, reportedly burned the fire for about four hours, according to the Cy-Fair Fire Department in Texas.
All the family members, who live on Easton Commons Drive in Houston, were transported to a hospital, according to KPRC.
One child and one adult were in critical condition at Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital.
Many households in Houston lost electricity as the city experienced its coldest day in more than three decades.
Authorities urged families not to use their grill or oven to try to stay warm.
“Please remember to never heat your home with a grill or oven,” the Cy-Fair Fire Department tweeted.
The fire department also reminded families to “never run a generator or grill inside your home” because “these produce carbon monoxide, which is a deadly, colorless and odorless gas.”
On Sunday, the fire department tweeted that its crews were responding to multiple traffic accidents in the area due to the extreme weather.
The department advised residents to avoid driving or walking on ice and to stay inside for the following 72 hours.
Frigid weather has devastated various parts of Texas and as of Monday, has left at least two people dead in both the Lone Star State and Louisiana.
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