Posted By Seek Sally on 02/16/2018 in Health and Fitness

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning - Safety Tips and What You Need to Know

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning - Safety Tips and What You Need to Know

Now that extremely cold weather conditions are being reported across Northern America, the spotlight is once again on carbon monoxide poisoning, the condition that’s common during this time as a result of heating accidents. It's one of North America’s sneakier causes of death, and one doesn't need to think deep to see why.

 When one thinks of atmospheric pollution, carbon dioxide CO², not carbon monoxide CO, is what comes to mind. The former is the more known of the two gases, and whilst both are really dangerous, carbon monoxide has more recently become a leading cause of deaths across Canada, the US and the world.

Carbon monoxide is derived from incomplete combustion of any fuel, including kerosene, diesel, natural gas, charcoal and propane. It’s also produced by car exhausts, and by a wide range of heating devices including portable generators, charcoal grills, gas stoves and portable space heaters. 

Even smoking tobacco produces carbon monoxide. It's really dangerous, and kills almost immediately by attaching itself onto red blood cells, thereby inhibiting the transportation of oxygen around the body and in blood. Because it's colourless, odourless, tasteless and non irritating, it's leak is also very easy to miss. So how can one keep themselves safe?.

How to keep safe from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Most cases of carbon monoxide poisoning occur in homes and in cars, showing how easy is it is to get in danger. Experts suggest the following tips to help you protect yourself from carbon monoxide poisoning.

  • Know the signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. Unfortunately, the signs and symptoms of CO poisoning are easily mistaken for those resulting from other diseases by most people. Victims of carbon monoxide poisoning may experience nausea, dizziness, abdominal discomfort, confusion, blurred vision, weakness, tingling in extremities, numbness and shortness of breath. In many cases, the end result is loss of consciousness and death of no attention is given to the victim.
  • Install a carbon monoxide detector in the home or work place and follow the manufacturer’s setup guidelines to the dot. It's also up to you to test the detector constantly and replace it every five years. Carry out battery replacement as guided by the manufacturer’s manual.
  • Do not keep an automobile’s engine running while in the garage or any another room, whether the garage is closed or not.
  • Do not use a gas stove or oven to heat the house.
  • Don't burn charcoal inside a closed space such as a house, a tent, a house or even a vehicle.
  • Commit all the fuel burning appliances in your immediate environment to a quarterly inspection and servicing by a licensed contractor.
  • Generators must always be kept outside and away from people, if only for the noise. They must be kept away from any opening that might let in carbon dioxide, and their exhaust pipes should be directed away from places of habitation.
  • Always close the rear window and tail gate of your car while driving to keep out any carbon monoxide that may flow in from the exhaust pipe when blown by the wind.
  • If you see any one in your home with signs of carbon monoxide poisoning, rush them to emergency. Emergency first aid is necessary for life support because carbon monoxide can kill within mere minutes.

Carbon monoxide is also present in the environment, some places having higher quantities than others, such as industrial areas and traffic-stricken cities. You can still inhale small amounts of carbon monoxide from such areas and get the same dangerous effects, so watch out!

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