Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Photo Credit: Jill Wellington/Pixabay

What is Carbon Monoxide (CO)?

  • Colorless, odorless and tasteless dangerous gas.
  • Produced when fuels: charcoal, gasoline, kerosene, natural gas, oil and wood.
  • Reduces our blood's ability to carry oxygen as necessary to breathe.

Why is Carbon Monoxide (CO) dangerous?

  • Our bodies replace the oxygen in the red blood cells with the dangerous gas of carbon monoxide.
  • Reduces our blood's ability to carry oxygen as necessary to breathe.

What causes are contributed Carbon Monoxide (CO)?

  • Any Unvented Space Heater
  • Auto Exhaust(s)
  • Barbecue Grills
  • Ceiling Mounted Heating Units
  • Clogged Chimney
  • Gas Log Burner
  • Gas or Fuel Burning Appliances
  • Idling Vehicles
  • Malfunctioning Coal, Gas, Oil or Wood Furnaces
  • Malfunctioning Gas Clothes Dryer
  • Malfunctioning Kitchen Cooking Appliances
  • Malfunctioning Water Heater
  • Pool or Spa Heaters
  • Tobacco Smoke
  • Wood Burning Fireplace

What are the Carbon Monoxide (CO) symptoms?

  • Blurry Vision
  • Chest Pain
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Loss of Hearing
  • Nausea
  • Rapid Heartbeat
  • Seizures
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness

A Carbon Monoxide Detector may minimize your exposure. The World Health Organization suggests indoor air level for CO be below an average of 9 parts per million (ppm) for any 8 hour period and below 25 parts per million (ppm) for any hour.

  • Approximately 30,000 people die annually worldwide due to carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Children and older persons are considered with greater risks.
  • If suspicious, of CO leave the area and seek fresh air immediately. Consult with a physician.
  • Heart and lung disease persons are considered vulnerable.
  • When traveling Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detector are not widely installed. A portable CO Detector costs anywhere between $19 - $119; prices tend to vary by battery life, display options, features, size and weight.

Portable Carbon Monoxide (CO) Tips

  • Battery Operated
  • Display Always On
  • Max Read Button 
  • Real Time Reading
  • Reputable Lab Testing

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