In today's edition of the "Good Stuff" – 20 kids are alive today thanks to the quick thinking of one woman.
Taki Starkes-Parish runs a day care in Jacksonville, FL. She recently arrived at the day care, caught the whiff of something odd, something she called a "sweet burning" odor. She went hunting for it and couldn't find it. Then the critical move: she asked her staff if any of the kids, who were napping at the time, acting strangely that day? One of the staffers said yes, she thought one of the kids was groggy.
That was enough for Taki who cleared out the day care and called the authorities. When they arrived, they found carbon monoxide levels way way off the charts. 12 of the kids were admitted to the hospital, but if it wasn't for Taki, they might have died.
It turns out that the smell was the exhaust of a generator next door that had been left on by accident, but carbon monoxide doesn't smell. It is a warning to all of us – invest in a carbon monoxide detector.