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Understanding Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Understanding Carbon Monoxide PoisoningCarbon monoxide is a clear odorless gas that is incredibly difficult to detect. Carbon monoxide can injure or kill without even the slightest hint of danger or warning. In most cases of carbon monoxide injury, the cause is not diagnosed until after the injury has occurred. This silent killer is a surprisingly dangerous risk. According to the Center for Disease Control, carbon monoxide poisoning claims the lives of an average of 430 people every year.

How Is Carbon Monoxide Generated?

Carbon monoxide is a gas byproduct of incomplete combustion of carbon-based fuels such as propane, butane, gasoline, and methane in gas-powered tools, equipment, and vehicles. Carbon monoxide can also come from house fires, cigarette smoke, space heaters, furnaces, stoves, lanterns, grills, and generators. Trace amounts of carbon monoxide are typically found in every home. However, sometimes these devices can fail or leak and cause an excess of carbon monoxide that can be very dangerous for you and your family.

The Symptoms Of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

High levels of exposure to carbon monoxide in quantities of 100 parts per million or more can poison a person. There are several symptoms of carbon monoxide poisonings ranging from light to severe. These symptoms include:

● Lightheadedness
● Dizziness
● Weakness
● Flu-like symptoms
● Headache
● Confusion
● Memory loss
● Depression
● Decrease mental alertness
● Nausea and vomiting
● Chest pain
● Shortness of breath
● Blurred vision
● Unconsciousness

How Is Carbon Monoxide Treated?

The most difficult part of treating carbon monoxide poisoning is diagnosing the problem. Carbon monoxide poisoning shares many symptoms with more common ailments such as the flu, food poisoning, and sleep deprivation, so it is hard for doctors to know what is causing the issue. If carbon monoxide poisoning is suspected, your doctor will run a series of test including blood tests, neurology tests, and cardiology tests. Once diagnoses, depending on the severity of the poisoning, you may be administered an oxygen treatment. Unfortunately, carbon monoxide poisoning is not always treatable and the symptoms you experience may become permanent, especially if you’ve experienced long-term exposure.

How To Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning In Your Home

The very best thing you can do to prevent carbon monoxide in your home is to install a carbon monoxide detector. Most modern fire detectors also have a carbon monoxide sensor, so check to make sure that yours is equipped with these feature. Also, always make sure you have a backup carbon monoxide detector in case your first one fails. Other things you can do include:

● Have any gas powered appliances including water heaters, furnaces, or coal burning stoves inspected by an expert every year.
● Do not use chemical heaters indoors
● Ensure your appliances are ventilated properly. All emissions should be pumped outdoors.
● Never patch a vent pipe with tape. Make sure that you have a professional repair any damages.
● Clean your chimney every year.
● Never use a generator indoors.
● Do not use a gas range or oven for heating your home.
● Never run your vehicle inside an attached garage.
● Do not use portable camping stoves in your home.

Taking these simple steps can help reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning in your home.

However, sometimes carbon monoxide poisoning is the result of a defective product or installation in your home. In those cases, the responsible companies need to be held accountable for any injuries you have incurred as a result of their negligence. So if you have experienced carbon monoxide poisoning, talk to the attorneys at , Goldman, Babboni, and Walsh. Our knowledgeable experts can help you find the cause of your carbon monoxide poisoning and pursue compensation for your subsequent injuries. So call us today!

Michael J. Babboni's wide-ranging legal career is based on the strong belief that everyone should be treated fairly and have access to effective legal help. Michael began putting his beliefs in action by helping the people of St. Petersburg Florida get what they are owed in civil trials fighting to protect families by making corporations pay, and honor their obligations.

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