Carbon monoxide can be a silent killer in enclosed spaces with poorly maintained heating systems and gas ranges. Carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless, making it hard to detect for common individuals once it has leaked. Living things trapped in places where CO has leaked can die from intoxication once they have inhaled the gas. The process works very fast, making it almost unnoticeable, especially when gas leaks happen while the residents are sleeping.
How Poisoning Happens
The blood needs air in order to function properly. Since CO is in gas form, it can easily mix up with the air. When leaked carbon monoxide goes with the air, the red blood cells in the body may pick it up quicker than oxygen. CO then combines with tissues and proteins, which will eventually cause them to die.
Can poisoning from carbon monoxide be prevented?
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be prevented in many ways. One is by contacting professional technicians to assess appliances for any leaks or possible damages. Most burning appliances need to be checked at least once a year. Another way is by reporting gas odor from cooking ranges or gas refrigerators. Gas smell is a possible sign of leaking and should be fixed immediately to avoid mishaps. All pipes and vents should be sealed with the right materials because sealing them with unfitting materials may lead to CO build up.
I am not sure if there are gas leaks inside my home, how would I know?
There is no reason to take chances when it comes to gas leaks. In the US alone, approximately 400 people die each year from carbon monoxide poisoning. Some who are able to survive may suffer from health risks such as anemia, breathing problems, chronic heart disease, memory loss, headache, vertigo, urinary incontinence and other unwanted side effects. It is best to consult a professional to have everything checked and fixed in no time. This will surely give you peace of mind, knowing that you can wake up next morning and breathe with no problems. If you have any questions on how to get a professional technician right away, call us and we will address all your HVAC needs.