A Guide to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

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A Guide to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning can happen within a matter of minutes and is responsible for more deaths than any other single poison. In low levels this odorless, colorless poison can hurt you slowly. In moderate levels it can cause permanent neurological dysfunctions or may take lives in higher levels. Protection against this deadly poison is as easy as installing a simple carbon monoxide detector in your home or office.

CO emissions are produced whenever fuel such as gas, oil, kerosene, wood or charcoal is burned. The amount of CO produced while using fuel-burning appliances is usually not harmful. It becomes hazardous when appliances are used improperly or are not functioning adequately.

Carbon monoxide poisoning is a serious threat. People need to be informed about. By educating ourselves on the dangers of CO we can significantly reduce the health risk as well as save lives. Although everyone needs to be aware of the dangers, some people are more susceptible than others. The following are more susceptible to carbon monoxide poisoning.

  • Fetuses
  • Infants
  • Elderly People
  • Those who suffer from anemia, respiratory or heart disease

Precautionary Measures
Dizziness and headaches are symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. Routinely at the beginning of every heating season home owners should have their fuel burning appliances checked by a qualified technician. Appliances deteriorate with time and can be a health risk to those who live in the home.

Besides having your appliances inspected, those using fuel-burning appliances should have their homes equipped with carbon monoxide detectors to provide added peace of mind. Appliances can break down any time of year so it is important to have a back-up system in place to keep you informed when CO levels increase. A CO detector should be placed on every floor in the home to provide the best protection. Also knowing which carbon monoxide detectors to choose and knowing how CO detectors work can help maximize security

Health Risks
Low levels of carbon monoxide poisoning can be confused with other illness symptoms and can often go undetected. If not treated promptly carbon monoxide poisoning can result in long-term health problems. When symptoms such as nausea, headaches and light-headedness occur, the ill man, woman or child should be checked by a physician, especially when more than one person in the home is showing these symptoms. Learn more about carbon monoxide heart attacks.

 

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