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Local businessman pushing for CO detectors in schools

Updated: Wednesday, June 18 2014, 06:28 PM EDT


One small device can make a big difference when it comes to saving lives. It’s a carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide is silent and deadly.

“Residents need to get them into their homes because what happens if you wake up dead? There’s no tomorrow,” local businessman and former Weirton Councilman Harold “Bubba” Miller said.

Miller has been donating them to schools and homes of the disabled throughout Hancock County. Now he is trying to take it to the next level.

“We are going to talk to every facility that has gas burning in their building someway,” Miller said.

His foundation, Seeing Beyond, has a partnership with manufacturer First Alert, which has given them enough support to cover the county. He has contacted state lawmakers, asking them to write legislation to make future school projects include carbon monoxide detectors.

“In the meantime, local counties in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio can try to secure some volunteers like myself to get into the schools because there is nothing more important than the safety and the security of our children,” Miller said.

Miller just donated two more carbon monoxide detectors to the Hancock County Sheltered Workshop to protect its clients.

“We have 95 people with disabilities, to make sure they get home after a day’s work is our upmost first importance. Mr. Miller, his great generosity and his activism of setting this up with First Alert, is just a tremendous service to our community and we greatly appreciate it,” Executive Director at Hancock County Sheltered Workshop Michael Hagg said.

Even if you don’t need help buying a CO detector, Miller says it’s a few dollars well spent.

“If you have a leak in your furnace and at the cost of the CO detectors, it’s to your advantage to save your life and your children’s lives,” Miller said.

Local businessman pushing for CO detectors in schools

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