Carbon monoxide (CO) is known as the “silent killer” because it’s nearly impossible to detect via the human senses. What may be more upsetting than this are the facts that:
- There are number of sources of carbon monoxide in homes.
- Every year, at least 150 people die as result of CO poisoning, and many more are injured following exposure to CO.
- Carbon monoxide poisoning is 100 percent preventable.
Given that potential for and impacts of CO poisoning, below are some important facts everyone should understand about this health complication.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: Here’s What You Should Know
- The fuel-burning equipment & appliances in your home can be sources of CO exposure – In other words, things like your stove, oven, space heaters, furnaces, chimneys, and even generators can also be sources of carbon monoxide poisoning, especially if they are not properly maintained or they are defective in some way. Given that people may have a number of possible sources of CO exposure in homes, it’s crucial to have CO detectors at home.
- CO poisoning symptoms initially mimic the symptoms of the flu – And these symptoms will typically disappear when someone changes his or her environment. Among the specific symptoms of CO poisoning are dizziness, disorientation, nausea, fatigue and dull headaches. If people continue to be exposed to CO once these symptoms have set in, their poisoning can be intensified and marked by breathing problems, confusion, vision impairments and possibly even unconsciousness.
- When you notice the symptoms of CO poisoning, get emergency medical care ASAP – CO poisoning won’t rectify itself, and usually some form of oxygen therapy is needed to help people recover.
- You can do some things to minimize your risk of CO poisoning at home – Along with making sure to maintain your fuel-burning appliances on a regular basis, it’s also critical to avoid using these devices in spaces without sufficient ventilation and to frequently check the batteries in CO alarms to ensure they are working/you will be alerted if any CO starts accumulating in your home.
Contacting a Denver Personal Injury Lawyer at the Cederberg Law Firm
If you or a loved one has sustained carbon monoxide poisoning – or if you have been harmed by any negligence, contact a Denver personal injury lawyer at the Cederberg Law Firm to find out more about your best options for financial recovery. For more than 35 years, our esteemed legal professionals have been successful at securing results and compensation for people who have been seriously injured by others’ negligence.
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