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 but 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 Center 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 the negligence of someone else.
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 is a result of combustion from certain types of 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 in 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 for carbon monoxide poisoning. However, these are all outdoor items, and using these outdoors with the right safety equipment can help in preventing carbon monoxide poisoning.
There is some equipment located indoors and these have a potential CO hazard in case of any leaks. Equipment that requires gas like natural gas refrigerators, fuel-burning space heaters, stoves, dryers, and more is a huge 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.
Many of us have carbon monoxide alarms fitted in our home, however rarely do we check if the batteries on those things are working. Secondly, just like any other product that has expiration dates, carbon monoxide alarms have a lifespan of 5 years. After 5 years, homeowners must replace the alarms to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning during any equipment gas leaks.
If there is no expiration date 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 is deadly for two reasons and these are:
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 out for symptoms like nausea, rapid heart rate, headache, drowsiness, fatigue, and flu symptoms. 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.
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 that you must follow to ensure your and your family’s safety.
Many people have a lot of fuel-burning equipment inside their homes but that doesn’t mean that you should get rid of them. Having proper ventilation can ensure that any leaks or gases can leave the 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.
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 start by disguising it as a sort of flu, eventually developing into more as tissue and brain damage start to occur. It can be too late before you realize that you have CO poisoning and brain damage if you’re not aware of your surroundings or how you feel.
Consider the following signs as CO poisoning:
Install CO alarms and maintain them as this will help prevent any CO poisoning from ever happening in your homes.
Alarms or CO detectors have a useful life and 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 where there are fossil-fuel appliances. Besides that, installing CO detectors in every level home bedrooms, inside each sleeping area, and outside each sleeping area can help detect any leak and wake you up during nights when you’re asleep.
For taking preventive measures, you can also install CO alarms outside. CO alarms outside can protect the vulnerable group outdoors.
Even if you’re doing barbeque in the outdoors, you must keep the vulnerable away from such outdoor activities. Children, the elderly, and those with respiratory conditions can get severely affected by the smoke from a grill if they get exposed for too long.
If you’ve gotten hurt or injured from CO poisoning due to someone else’s negligence, you may be eligible for compensation.
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.
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