MASHPEE - Mashpee firefighters responded to a 911 call Sunday reporting the odor of gas at a Mashpee home. When firefighter arrived, they discovered the carbon monoxide level in the home far exceeded safety requirements.
According to Captain Kevin Long, the initial 911 call was placed by a visiting nurse upon entering the home.
Firefighters determined the cause of the potentially lethal levels to be a gas generator operating on the outdoor deck of the home.
The carbon monoxide levels in the home were 200 parts per million on the first floor and 350 parts per million in the basement--both life-threatening.
Safety officials warn the public to exercise extra caution when using alternative heating and electrical sources in power-outage situations.