CO poisoning, also known as carbon monoxide poisoning, happens to be a summertime issue just as much as it is a winter one.
Most homeowners think carbon monoxide poisoning happens mostly in the winter when combustible appliances such as gas stoves and furnaces are running and the windows and doors are closed. But experts say that CO poisoning is just as likely to happen in the warmer months as in the cooler seasons.
Having proper ventilation is a key element when trying to avoid carbon monoxide health issues. Professionals state that if there is a lack of proper ventilation, people can start to experience symptoms in as little as 10 minutes.
- Dizziness or drowsiness;
- Fatigue, confusion and weakness;
- Nausea and/or vomiting;
- Chest pain;
- And in some cases, CO poisoning can cause unconsciousness and death.
The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning actually mimic food poisoning and could cause brain damage. In some cases, it can cause miscarriages, liver and kidney damage as well. But the biggest threat behind this silent killer is the fact that it can kill you.
Never burn any fuels while in enclosed places (this includes poorly ventilated areas or those that have little or no air circulation).
How to Protect Yourself
- Know where the source is and how to stop it
- Know the symptoms of CO poisoning
- Call 911 if someone can’t be revived
- Install a carbon monoxide detector in your garage and in your home
If you have any questions or concerns about carbon monoxide, feel free to contact Amarillo Air Conditioning.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Amarillo, Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about CO poisoning and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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