Carbon monoxide poisoning should be taken seriously. When an individual is exposed to excess carbon monoxide fumes, it is possible to experience a level of poisoning that is fatal. Carbon monoxide is subtle in its effects on humans and animals because it is colorless and odorless. It can overtake an unsuspecting person in a matter of minutes. Exposure to excess carbon monoxide occurs when people or animals are in enclosed areas where combustible fuels are burned.
What is carbon monoxide poisoning?
Carbon monoxide poisoning is a situation where CO enters the blood cells and replaces the oxygen in the blood. When carbon monoxide replaces the oxygen and mixes with protein in the tissues, and the result can be death or injury.
Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
The troubling aspect of carbon monoxide poisoning is that a person experiencing it may think that he or she is suffering from fatigue or another condition. Symptoms that are usually felt when people experience carbon monoxide poisoning include dizziness, chest pains, nausea, weakness, vomiting and confusing. If a person happened to be asleep or heavily medicated, he or she could die from carbon monoxide poisoning without feeling symptoms.
Preventing Poisoning from Carbon Monoxide
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be avoided by taking some simple precautions. First, never use combustible engines or cook on gas or charcoal grilled in enclosed or poorly ventilated areas. These actions fill an area with deadly carbon monoxide that could kill in minutes.
Second, make sure your heating system is checked a year, prior to turning it on during cold weather. If you have gas, oil or some other combustible form of heat, you may be exposed to carbon monoxide without your knowing it. Remember–CO is odorless and colorless.
Third, make sure your home or business is protected by a working carbon monoxide detector. We can help you determine if your heating systems are safe and efficient, and we can assist you in installing carbon monoxide detectors. Don’t hesitate to call us for your HVAC needs.