First Blizzard Death Triggers Warning

Blizzard of 2013, Snow Covered Vehicle, Carbon MonoxideAs the Blizzard of 2013 winds down, residents of Greater Boston are venturing outside to clean up. Governor Deval Patrick announced at midday that the state-wide travel ban will end at 4 PM. MBTA service, however, is cancelled until further notice.

Meanwhile, Boston Fire officials announced what appears to be the first blizzard related death. A boy, approximately 11 years old, was killed by carbon monoxide poisoning just before noon. According to the fire department, the boy and his father were shoveling snow on Nazing Street when the boy became tired. He decided to rest and warm up in a 4 door sedan. Sadly the exhaust pipe was blocked by 4 feet of snow. The car filled with carbon monoxide and put the boy into cardiac arrest.

With so many cars covered by nearly 2 feet of snow remember to clear all exhaust pipes before entering a vehicle. Also ensure you open garage doors before running your vehicle in a garage. The same goes for homes. Ensure all ventilation pipes are cleared of snow. Also make sure your home has at least one working CO detector installed. If you experience carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms of headache, dizziness, or chest pains call 911 immediately.

This is especially important to remember since so many people are without power, and may be charging electronic devices in their cars. As of midday, thousands across the South Shore remain without power.

Hingham Light has been restoring power throughout the morning, but some outages remain. National Grid reports nearly 5,000 homes are without power in Hanson and Halifax, while another 3,000 remain without power in Norwell. Several Norwell residents have sought shelter with the town to warm up.

NStar also reports extensive outages on the South Shore. A whopping 93% of customers are without power in Marshfield, 92% are without power in Duxbury, and 91% of customers in both Scituate and Plymouth are without power. Combined that’s more than 30,000 homes without power.

With winds relaxing during the day power restoration should proceed at a faster pace this afternoon, and later this weekend especially.