Five men survive CO poisoning after car left idling in garage

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    Five men survive CO poisoning after car left idling in garage

    A man who survived carbon monoxide poisoning Sunday when a car was left idling in an attached garage said he and his four roommates were lucky.

    The five men living in the southeast Edmonton home near 37A Avenue and 23rd Street are all expected to be home Monday night after being tested and treated in hospital.

    The men were at home Sunday afternoon, when one of them went to the garage to warm up a car.

    The car idled for more than 40 minutes. The overhead garage door was left half open.

    The man, who did not want his name used, told CBC the car automatically shut itself off, but more than two hours later, they realized something was seriously wrong with one of the roommates.

    “He was feeling pretty bad. He said, ‘I’m not feeling good’, I told him to get some rest.” 

    But after resting, the man still felt awful and the men called for help.

    “One person was feeling dizzy and the rest of them were having some headache,” he said.

    Edmonton Fire Rescue platoon chief Gregg Menard said when they arrived at the home, three men were unconscious.

    ‘Very high levels’ detected

    “We determined there were very high levels of carbon monoxide detected in the home,” he said. “This is why people had passed out, were feeling very ill, and vomiting and so forth.”

    The man at the home said it was an accident.

    “It was wrong and dangerous as well,” he said.

    But he said everyone is out of danger.

    Menard said cars should be warmed up outside and even then…

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