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Authorities Reveal Family Of 4 Were Killed By Toxic Gas Leak - Learn How To Protect Your Home

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Sharp Family / Mexico Attorney General

Like everyone else in America, I followed every detail of the tragic Sharp family story.

When the family of four were reported missing last week, I worried they had been the victim of some kind of crime.

But as more news broke about the family, we learned that they were killed by something even worse: a totally avoidable accident.

This case has inspired me to take extra steps to protect my own family, and I hope all of you do the same.

What killed the Sharp family?

Sharp Family
Ashli Peterson . Facebook

Prosecutors for the Mexican state of Quintana Roo now say that "asphyxiation by inhalation of toxic gases" killed the Sharps and their two children.

The family from Iowa were staying in a rented vacation home in the town of Tulum, on Mexico's sunny Yucatan Peninsula.

Authorities found the bodies of all four family members in the condo after they were reported missing by their loved ones in America.

Officials say that a water heater in the condo probably caused the leak, either because of "use or lack of maintenance."

The Silent Killer

Gas leak
A photo of the water heater in the family's rented condo.Mexico Attorney General

The Sharp family's death has raised awareness about the dangers of toxic gases.

Emergency workers call these household dangers "silent killers," because they cause death in just a few hours and undetectable.

Thankfully, there are some easy steps you can take to protect your family.

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