Carbon Monoxide Safety

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention,  During 1999-2010, a total of 5,149 deaths from unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning occurred in the United States, an average of 430 deaths per year.  Unintentional CO exposure accounts for an estimated 15,000 emergency department visits and 500 unintentional deaths in the United States each year. Here’s some information on carbon monoxide safety.

Carbon Monoxide is a poisonous, colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas. CO is a common industrial hazard resulting from the incomplete burn of natural gas and any other material containing carbon. Initial symptoms of  CO poisoning include chest tightness, headache, fatigue, dizziness, drowsiness, or nausea. Symptoms could worsen to vomiting, confusion, and loss of consciousness if prolonged exposure occurs.

If you suspect someone has been poisoned , take the below measures ASAP:

  • Move the victim immediately to fresh air in an open area.
  • Call 911
  • Administer 100 percent oxygen
  • Administer CPR if the victim has stopped breathing

Fatal Fact: A propane heater appears to have caused the death of a Utah father and his teenage son, who were poisoned by carbon monoxide while camping at Flaming Gorge. Father and Son, of Stansbury Park, were camping with a group in ice fishing huts this weekend in the Big Firehole area, according to a press statement by the Sweetwater County, Wyoming sheriff’s department. The Father and Son went to sleep on cots in their own huts about 1 a.m. Monday; when their companions tried to wake them about 9 a.m., they were unresponsive, deputies reported.  They found a lit propane heater and propane tank inside the hut, apparently the source of carbon monoxide.

Carbon Monoxide Molecule Photo







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