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Deadly Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide gas, also known as the “silent killer,” is a colorless, odorless, tasteless and extremely toxic gas.  It can poison the body gradually in low doses or quickly when it is highly concentrated.

It reduces the body’s ability to transport oxygen in blood.  Blood without oxygen is useless.

Symptoms of carbon monoxide inhalations are flu-like and include: headaches, dizziness, burning eyes, drowsiness, and loss of consciousness.  Cases of severe inhalation may result in brain damage or death.

All dwellings should be equipped with a carbon monoxide alarm.  Make sure that your detector meets the specifications of the Underwriters Laboratories UL 2034 standard. Some states, like California for one, have adopted laws requiring homes to have carbon monoxide detectors. Although nothing has been passed in Wichita or Kansas yet it’s sure to be nation wide someday soon.

Carbon monoxide, unlike smoke, does not rise, but rather mixes with air. Detectors, therefore should be placed at waist level in areas that receive undisrupted airflow, and are close to sleeping areas.

It’s also very important to make sure all fireplaces, furnaces and other fuel burning devices are properly ventilated.

There are  portable detectors for traveling and detectors that can be installed in your vehicle.  Check today and make sure your home has a carbon monoxide detector and if you don’t get one! It’s a cheap way to stay alive.


July 6, 2010 - Posted by | Home, kansas, Uncategorized, Wichita | , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. A particular type of poisoning involves inhalation of high levels of carbon monoxide. Death usually occurs through hypoxia. In most cases carbon monoxide (CO) is used because it is easily available as a product of incomplete combustion; for example it is released by cars and some types of heaters.

    Comment by Dubai Property | July 22, 2010 | Reply

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