CO Poisoning Info & Links

 

Carbon monoxide is formed when organic compounds burn. The most common sources are motor vehicle exhaust, smoke from fires, engine fumes, and nonelectric heaters. Carbon monoxide poisoning is often associated with malfunctioning or obstructed exhaust systems.

 

Risks for exposure to carbon monoxide include:

  • Cracked or broken Heat Exchanger or Furnace
  • Malfunctioning Water Heater
  • Industrial workers at pulp mills, steel foundries, and plants producing formaldehyde or coke (a hard grey fuel)
  • Personnel at fire scenes
  • Using heating sources or electric generators during power outages
  • Those working indoors with combustion engines or combustible gases

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Symptoms

  • Exposure to carbon monoxide is most commonly accompanied by the following symptoms:
  • Headache, dizziness and nausea
  • Flu-like symptoms, fatigue
  • Shortness of breath on exertion and chest pain
  • Impaired judgment, confusion and depression
  • Hallucinations, agitation and visual changes
  • Vomiting, abdominal pain and drowsiness
  • Fainting, seizure, memory and walking problems

 

When to Seek Medical Care:

If you have any of the signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, go to a hospital emergency department, particularly if several people in the household are affected, or if pets are affected as well.

 

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