CPSC offers $2 million in grants for carbon monoxide prevention

November 8, 2023

Grant opportunity to combat carbon monoxide exposure

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced the availability of $2 million in grants designed to support state, local, and tribal governments in preventing carbon monoxide poisoning.

The grants are part of the Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Grant Program (COPPGP), which seeks to decrease the incidents of injuries and deaths related to carbon monoxide (CO) exposure.

Funds earmarked for alarms and education

Under the Nicholas and Zachary Burt Memorial Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act of 2022, eligible entities are invited to apply for funds to purchase and install CO alarms in residences and facilities serving vulnerable populations.

Moreover, the grants aim to bolster public education and training programs to raise awareness of CO poisoning risks.

Application period open for eligible governments

Entities eligible for these grants include those from states, local government bodies, Indian Tribes, or U.S. Territories that mandate compliant CO alarm installation in homes, following recognized safety codes.

The CPSC underlines the significance of these measures in saving lives from the potentially fatal threat posed by CO, a gas that is difficult to detect without proper alarms.

Interested parties can submit applications through December 15, 2023, using the details provided in the Funding Opportunity Announcement on Grants.gov.

FSJA Comment

The CPSC’s allocation of $2 million in grants is a strategic move towards mitigating a pervasive and deadly risk: carbon monoxide poisoning.

As a leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in the United States, the importance of preventive measures cannot be overstated.

These funds not only promise to equip homes with necessary alarms but also emphasize the critical nature of educational programs.

Through training and public awareness campaigns, communities can be better equipped to detect and respond to CO exposure. Moreover, prioritizing low-income and elderly households, childcare centers, and schools in this initiative reflects a commitment to protecting the most vulnerable.

This concerted effort signifies a notable advancement in public health safety and emergency readiness, aligning with best practices in fire safety and community protection measures.

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