Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
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One of the most common, deadliest gases in our atmosphere is carbon monoxide (CO). Also known as “the silent killer,” this substance possesses no color, taste, or odor, and it is very toxic. Carbon monoxide is created when combustibles, such as gas or wood, are burned. Typically, it is not produced in dense enough levels to harm anyone, but when appliances malfunction, deadly amounts can rapidly accumulate.
The Signs of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are very similar to those of common viruses that people catch on a regular basis, such as a cold or the flu. Unfortunately, however, if CO poisoning is passed off as one of these ailments and the victim does not seek fresh air, then he or she will run the risk of death.
Common symptoms of CO poisoning include:
- Headache and dizziness
- Nausea and vomiting
- Chest pain
If you have a heater or other combustible-powered appliance running and you begin to experience any of the above symptoms, then you should leave the area immediately. Those who are asleep when the room is contaminated with carbon monoxide are at risk of dying before feeling the above symptoms.
In order to best protect yourself against the danger of CO, install a carbon monoxide detector in your home, ensure that all rooms are well-ventilated, and perform regular maintenance on all of your heaters, boilers, and similar appliances.