Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
The seasons are changing again and getting colder. Which means your heating system needs attention so you do not get CO poisoning. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a gas that is both odorless and colorless. It emanates from any device that uses a fossil fuel such as oil, natural gas, propane, coal and the like for its combustion process and produces exhaust fumes.
Common devices that produce these fumes include:
- central heating systems (ie: boilers, furnaces)
- space heaters
- cooking equipment (ie: stoves,ranges, fryers, broilers)
- charcoal grills
- portable generators
We are all exposed to small levels of carbon monoxide throughout the day. Carbon monoxide poisoning occurs when we inhale too much of it. Keep in mind that any exposure is critical if it causes an inability to breathe adequately. Carbon monoxide poisoning can lead to tissue damage and possible death.
CO poisoning is extremely serious. If you believe you or someone else may be suffering from CO poisoning, seek emergency care immediately.
The most common symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are:
- dull headache
- chest pain
If you inhale a large amount of carbon monoxide, your body will begin to replace the oxygen in your blood with carbon monoxide. When this occurs, you could become unconscious. Death can occur in these cases.
If you are not sure of the operating condition of your heating system have it check out by an heating expert.