According to NFPA, about 80,100 home incidents involving carbon monoxide (CO) gas were reported in 2010. On average, there were 9 calls per hour responded by the fire department in that year.
Each year 390 deaths occur due to unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning. It is popularly named as the ‘invisible killer’. The average death rate is thrice higher in males than females per year. Family pets also get affected due to CO in many cases. The gas poisoning causes affects breathing systems in many elderly.
Unfortunately, it is also one of the leading causes of emergencies in the US. Sometimes, it can cause fire at home too.
How is it Produced
CO gas produces when a fuel you burn at home either for cooking or warmth, does not burn completely. Natural gas, wood, coal, propane, methane and gasoline etcetera, when burned improperly produce CO poisoning. Home equipment burn fuel like heaters so on are potential sources of this gas. Besides, your generators and automobiles also produce highly dangerous amounts of CO gas.
Alarming Signs of CO Intoxication
- CO intoxication symptoms resemble food poisoning and flu etc. It majorly attacks the breathing pipe that can cause you difficulty in breathing.
- High levels of CO intoxication can cause death within 3 minutes
- Unconsciousness in high level of poisoning
Safety Measures Against CO Poisoning
- Use CO alarms at home. Install them on every portion and outside all sleeping places.
- If you need to use generators, place them outside your home. Keep your pets away from them.
- Charcoal/gas grills also produce high amounts of CO gas, use them in the open.
- Make sure your equipment like stoves, fireplaces, dryers and furnaces have no snow built ups during and after snowfalls.
- When warming a motor car, make sure you remove it from the garage as soon as it is started. If you need to start your car inside your garage, make sure exhaust pipes are uncovered.
- Use CO detectors at home to detect the unintentional or intentional emission of CO gas from any part of your home, work, business or property.
- There are many types of CO detectors available in the market. However, it is always better to buy one that is packaged with home security systems. They come with more than one benefits.
- Buy a CO detector with good battery timing. You do not have to be worried about low battery or battery failure at least for one and a half year. Besides, it should be easy to use and simple to operate.
- If you CO detector trips rush to a relatively open place. Get fresh air and remove your children, elderly and pets from the danger zone too.
- In case of emergency, your CO sensor sends you alert message and sounds the alarm system. Don’t panic during that situation. Confirm your monitoring agent about the emergency so that he/she could send you emergency help as soon as possible.
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