Modified: October 31, 2022

Preventing Fires and Carbon Monoxide Exposure Throughout The Summer

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Carbon monoxide (CO) is often referred to as a slow poison or a slow killer, and winters are notorious for CO poisoning. This is due to many residents using heating appliances, gas stoves, and more to heat their homes for some warmth during the harsh winters.

However, it is not just the winters that welcome the slow killer; there have been many carbon monoxide cases during the summers as well. So, how many people does carbon monoxide kill in the country? According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 400 CO poisoning-victims lose their lives annually in the country. There are around 50,000 plus patients in emergency rooms and 300 annual patients who end up requiring intensive treatment for CO poisoning due to someone else’s negligence.

If you or someone you know has gotten injured or hurt due to CO poisoning, contact Ehline Law and our Los Angeles carbon monoxide lawyers immediately for an evaluation of your case.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning During Summers

Carbon monoxide results from combustion from certain appliances, mainly fuel-burning appliances, which can be at home or outdoors. Such appliances like kerosene burners, charcoal-burning barbeque grills, lanterns, fire pits, and more spread a lot of carbon monoxide into the surroundings during summers.

The reason why carbon monoxide in the United States is the fourth leading cause of death is because of the traditions and cultures in the country. Many states here take pride in delivering some of the best BBQs in the country, and where there is BBQ, there is a potential threat of carbon monoxide poisoning. However, these are all outdoor items, and using these outdoors with the proper safety equipment can help in preventing carbon monoxide poisoning.

Some equipment is located indoors, and these have a potential CO hazard in case of leaks. Equipment that requires gas, like natural gas refrigerators, fuel-burning space heaters, stoves, dryers, and more, is a massive concern during summers in case of any carbon monoxide leaks.

Besides these types of equipment and appliances, CO poisoning can happen from boats, cars, and even power generators. There have been cases where people leave their cars idle or turn their generators on during a power outage in their garage. This buildup a lot of CO if there is no proper ventilation given.

Replacing Carbon Monoxide Alarm

Many of us have carbon monoxide alarms fitted in our home, but we rarely check if the batteries are working. Secondly, just like any other product that has expiration dates, carbon monoxide alarms have a lifespan of 5 years. After five years, homeowners must replace the alarms to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning during equipment gas leaks.

If no expiration date is mentioned on the CO detector and you can’t recall the last time it was changed, then it is time to replace the CO detector.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Symptoms

Carbon monoxide is deadly for two reasons, and these are:

  • It doesn’t have any smell
  • It is odorless.

Due to these two properties, it is very difficult to determine if there is a leak in a house or not, and during this time, there can be a CO buildup.

However, if you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning, you must look for symptoms like nausea, rapid heart rate, headache, drowsiness, fatigue, and flu. These are some of the most common symptoms of CO poisoning. However, there can be others as well. CO affects the tissue and leads to brain damage.

Follow These Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips

Although CO poisoning is a slow death, it is preventable by having a CO alarm and following safety tips. Here are a few safety tips you must follow to ensure your and your family’s safety.

Ensure Proper Ventilation

Many people have a lot of fuel-burning equipment inside their homes, but that doesn’t mean you should get rid of them. Proper ventilation ensures any leaks or gases can leave home rather than spread inside.

Check your stove or fireplace; there might be a broken chimney connector pipe requiring a replacement. Call a professional chimney sweep if you’ve got a blocked chimney.

Understanding Symptoms

Above, our Los Angeles burn injury attorneys already discussed the different symptoms you might start to have if exposed too long to carbon monoxide. These symptoms begin by disguising it as a sort of flu, eventually developing more as tissue and brain damage occur. It can be too late to realize that you have CO poisoning and brain damage if you’re unaware of your surroundings or how you feel.

Consider the following signs as CO poisoning:

  • Feeling great away from home
  • The entire household has flu-like symptoms
  • Pets are starting to get sick
  • No swollen nodes or infections that come with the flu.

Install CO Alarms

Install CO alarms and maintain them, as this will help prevent CO poisoning from happening in your homes. Alarms or CO detectors have a useful life; crossing that longevity can result in a faulty product that may not detect any gas leaks. According to California Law, homeowners must install CO alarms in every room with fossil-fuel appliances. Besides that, installing CO detectors on every level of home bedrooms, inside each sleeping area, and outside each sleeping area can help detect any leak and wake you up at night when you’re asleep.

For taking preventive measures, you can also install CO alarms outside. CO alarms outside can protect the vulnerable group outdoors.

Keep the Vulnerable Away from Fossil-fuel Equipment

Even if you’re doing outdoor barbeque, you must keep the vulnerable away from such outdoor activities. Children, the elderly, and those with respiratory conditions can get severely affected by the grill smoke if exposed for too long.

Contact our Los Angeles Carbon Monoxide Lawyers Today

You may be eligible for compensation if you’ve gotten hurt or injured from CO poisoning due to someone else’s negligence.

Contact us at (213) 596-9642, and our attorneys will assess your CO poisoning case, determine your claims, and file a lawsuit against the negligent party. While you recover, we will deal with the insurers and get you the compensation you deserve.

Contact us for more information.

Citations

https://www.health.state.mn.us/communities/environment/air/toxins/index.html

https://www.resideo.com/us/en/corporate/newsroom/featured-articles/summer-an-unsuspected-season-of-carbon-monoxide-dangers/

https://www.creia.org/california-carbon-monoxide-law-takes-effect/

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Michael Ehline

Michael is a managing partner at the nationwide Ehline Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, APLC. He’s an inactive Marine and became a lawyer in the California State Bar Law Office Study Program, later receiving his J.D. from UWLA School of Law. Michael has won some of the world’s largest motorcycle accident settlements.

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