of Carbon Monoxide!
Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a major cause of poisoning deaths
in the United States; the use of low level CO Alarms could potentially
prevent many fatalities. Carbon Monoxide can kill in minutes
or hours depending on the level of CO in the air. If CO
is inhaled at damaging levels it can lead to breathing difficulties,
impaired judgment & memory, nervous system damage, cardiac
trauma, brain damage, coma and even death.
Everyone is susceptible, but experts agree that unborn babies,
young children, pregnant women, senior citizens and people with
heart or respiratory problems are especially vulnerable and are
at the highest risk for death or serious injury.
the Symptoms and Effects of
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Carbon monoxide is dangerous because a person may not recognize
drowsiness as a symptom of poisoning and fall asleep, continuing
to breathe the carbon monoxide until severe poisoning or death
Since the symptoms are similar to the flu, food poisoning or
other illnesses, one may not think that CO poisoning could be
the cause. Most people who have mild carbon monoxide poisoning
recover quickly when they move to fresh air, one of the ways to
tell that it is not the flu or food poisoning.
Low levels of Carbon Monoxide poisoning can lead to breathing
difficulties, mild nausea, headache and dizziness, and over time
may have long term effects on your health.
With moderate or severe carbon monoxide poisoning, you may have
severe headaches, dizziness, impaired judgment and memory, nausea
and vomiting, cardiac trauma, nervous system and brain damage,
unconsciousness, coma and even death. Most victims of moderate
to severe poisoning are unable to move to fresh air and must be
rescued. Severe CO poisoning is often fatal!
Sources of Carbon Monoxide ~
ANY fuel burning appliance can be a source of Carbon Monoxide;
especially those that are malfunctioning or improperly installed.
CO can be produced when burning any fuel: gasoline, propane, natural
gas, oil, wood and coal. It is the product of incomplete combustion.
Appliances can include boilers and furnaces, gas range/stove,
gas clothes dryer, water heater, gas or wood fireplaces, wood-burning
stove and auto exhaust.
Other sources include clogged chimneys or flues, vent pipes, fuel
burning space heaters, tools that run on fuel, a gas or charcoal
grill used in an enclosed area. Back drafting and changes in air
pressure can cause indoor levels of CO.
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