Many carbon monoxide poisoning cases are the result of poor maintenance or ventilation of appliances, leaky or blocked chimneys and flues.
Carbon Monoxide and Its Dangers
Carbon monoxide is a type of dangerous gas that can lead to a serious illness, or worse, death. It is hard to detect since this is something that you cannot see, taste, or even smell. Even the smallest amounts of this harmful gas can result in damages on the brain or death.
Some of the things you have to be aware of as far as carbon monoxide is concerned include:
- Brown or yellow soot deposits or staining around or on appliances whatever fuel is being burned.
- Wood or coal fires that go out or burn slowly
- Hard to light fires
- Smoke inside a room
- Pilot lights which blow out often
- Gas flames that are yellow or orange when they are typically blue
- Increased condensation in windows
Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
For mild cases, the common symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headaches, vomiting, nausea, poor coordination, and drowsiness.
For moderate or severe cases, symptoms are unconsciousness, confusion, shortness of breath, chest paint, coma, or death.
Many people who experienced mild carbon monoxide poisoning were able to recover quickly once moved outside to fresh air. As for severe cases, people cannot move and require to be rescued.
Severe carbon monoxide poisoning can be fatal. A victim might not recognize drowsiness as the symptom of poisoning and might fall asleep without waking up again.
How to Recognize If There is an Issue?
- Several persons in the house share similar symptoms
- Symptoms may become more noticeable while cooking in this is because of the oven
- Health improves whenever away from the house and shows again upon return
- May become more noticeable during colder months when the problem is with the heating
What to Do in an Emergency?
- Move the victim into fresh air.
- Call for medical help (How to call 911)
- When the person is not breathing, you can perform an artificial respiration until the medical help arrives.
Other Safety Advice and Key Facts about Carbon Monoxide
- Carbon monoxide results from burning coal, wood, charcoal, coke, and other types of fossil fuels and not only gas boilers and fires.
- See to it that rooms are properly aired. Don’t block the air vents. When draught proofing or double glazing is fitted, ensure that there is adequate air circulating.
- Don’t use portable heaters.
- Flues and chimneys must be kept clear and swept on a regular basis. It includes the chimneys used as flues for the gas fires although it is also a must for the solid fuel appliances.
- Heating systems, boilers, and appliances must have regular maintenance as well.
- Don’t cook on barbeque inside your house since the charcoal being used can produce carbon monoxide.
Carbon monoxide is a serious concern and is one that should never be overlooked. Always stay alert to avoid worse case scenarios.