This Winter, Stay Alert to CO Poisoning
It’s called the silent killer for a reason. Carbon monoxide is odorless, colorless invisible gas that is deceptively dangerous. So deceptive, in fact, that most people don’t know they’ve been poisoned until after they seek medical attention.
Carbon monoxide poisoning occurs most commonly in winter. That’s because carbon monoxide comes from the burning of fuels – something many of us turn to in order to stay warm this time of year. When carbon monoxide builds up indoors, people and animals alike can become poisoned when they breathe in the gas.
When carbon monoxide is breathed in, vital organs like the brain and the heart begin to shut down. They’re deprived of the oxygen they need to function successfully. Additionally, carbon monoxide can work with proteins in your body to cause tissue damage. Even just a few minutes of exposure to carbon monoxide can cause serious injury – and even death.
The good news? Carbon monoxide poisoning is fairly easy to avoid – if you’ve got the right equipment. Most homes are equipped with carbon monoxide detectors. Like smoke detectors, these devices monitor the amount of carbon monoxide in the air. If the levels rise to an unsafe level, the alarm will sound, allowing you and your family to evacuate safely.
Prevention, though, is key to avoiding carbon monoxide poisoning. Avoid starting up your car in an enclosed garage – you’ll need plenty of fresh air to combat the carbon monoxide being put off by your vehicle. Unvented space heaters are the second most common cause of carbon monoxide poisoning. Make sure you crack a window if you need to use one!
CO Poisoning Injuries Caused by Negligence
The attorneys at the Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC have helped victims who have suffered from the serious side effects of carbon monoxide poisoning caused by a negligent individual or entity. If you have been poisoned and would like to speak with our of our experienced attorneys, contact us to setup a free case evaluation.