” Carbon Monoxide Poisoning “
* 7 Ways to help prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning (CO)
1)- Have carbon monoxide detectors installeed on each level of your home
2)- Have your home’s heating and venting systems inspected yearly
3)- Have your wood burning and gas fireplace serviced yearly
4)- Do not use charcoal grills inside your house or fireplace
5)- Never operate a gasoline-powered engine in an unvented garages or basement.
6)- Never operate a car, mower or generator, running in the garage, even with the garage door open
7)- Never use a gas range or cook stove, for heating inside your home, cabin, tent or camper
* Carbon Monoxide poisoning is often referred to as “CO” poisoning . . . the “Silent Killer”
This poisonous gas is a by-product that is produced by the burning of any type of fossil fuel, or by product- such as gasoline, natural gas, fuel oils, kerosene, coal, wood, or charcoal.
When you breathe in Carbon Monoxide, it quickly replaces the oxygen in your blood stream that your bodies require. Without this needed oxygen, the cells throughout our body die, and our internal organs will begin to shut down. What makes CO gas so dangerous is that you can’t see, smell it, or taste it.
<–Carbon Monoxide detectors should be installed on each floor of the home !
Carbon monoxide is produced whenever we use our automobiles, fireplaces, powerboats, wood-stoves, kerosene space heaters, charcoal grills, and gas appliances such as water heaters, ovens, and dryer vents. Usually these appliances will cause no problems, if they have been properly vented.
All of the flue vents in your home, including your dryer vent need to be serviced regularly.
CO can become very deadly with just a minimal amount of exposure. It is important to be aware of the many signs of CO poisoning, and know what to do may mean life or death of you, or your love ones.
Carbon Monoxide trouble often occurs when cars, trucks, or other engines are left running in enclosed spaces, such as a garages. Idling a car in an open garage could be very dangerous, as fumes leak back up into the living space of the home.
* Be sure to inspect both the furnace and hot water heater flues ––>
<—Removing bird nesting from the fireplace
Many of our homes are well sealed and insulated, and may now be trapping this poisonous gas inside the house. Often this is due to misusing charcoal grills, generators and heating appliances in unvented areas of the home.
It is not uncommon to hear in the news of restaurants’ serving large groups of customers over the Thanks Giving or Christmas holidays, that may have been closed down as customers became sick caused by CO poisoning. Often this was due to being closed up in a building where the ovens and all of the gas burners have been utilize for long periods of time in food preparation.
* What are some of the symptoms of CO Poisoning?
As carbon monoxide gases build up in the blood stream and begin robbing of us of oxygen in our blood stream, symptoms may vary but may include dizziness, headaches, upset stomach and vomiting. Other warning signs maybe a feeling of disorientation, confusion, drowsiness, rapid breathing, racing of the heart, clamminess of the skin, chest pains, blurred vision and even possibly seizures’.
If you breathe in too much CO, it could make you pass out or even kill you. Breathing in low rather levels of carbon monoxide gas over a prolong period may go somewhat undetected as a feeling of being little sick, or coming down with the flue. Those “flue like” symptoms’ could be causing prolong heart problems or possibly brain damage.
Three Signs of a possible chimney flue blockage that may be causing spillage of very deadly Carbon Monoxide gases into your home .
1-White chalking called (efflorescence ) on the outside of the chimney bricks
2- Water marks on the walls in the basement flue vents or clean out opening
2-Broken terra-cotta flue tiles on the top of the chimney
How many times have you heard some one say ‘I smell Gas”, when in reality they are smelling a special additive chemical that is mixed into the natural gas. This is so we do smell for any gas leak problems. Like it or not, it smells bad for a good reason! If you think your smelling the rotten egg sulfur smell of Natural gas what you smelling is a chemical called Mercaptan and it gives off a very distinctive odor. Most people describe as the odor as “rotten eggs “or hydrogen sulfide. So if you smell natural gas, (or Rotten eggs) leave the house quickly. “Do not” use a light switch, telephone or cell phone from within the house; get everyone outside as quickly as you can!
Everyone is at a potential risk for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning. Each year, thousands of individuals are dangerously exposed to CO poisoning, requiring emergency room care, many are hospitalized and some may be sent onto sent to a Hyperbaric treatment center, or may have possibly died in their own homes.
. . . . . We can’t See, Smell, or Taste Carbon Monoxide, but we can all learn how to identify it, treat it and how to prevent CO Poisoning !
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