03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Man in near-fatal Basalt incident unhooked carbon detector

BASALT, Colorado - An elderly couple's unfamiliarity with carbon monoxide detectors led to a decision that nearly cost them their lives on Christmas Eve Day, according to their son.

Ed Freedman said the incident is a textbook example of why homeowners must educate themselves, their families and any other guests

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