Carbon Monoxide poisoning is the silent killer as it’s a colourless, odourless, poisonous gas that can be very difficult to detect if you don’t know what you’re looking for. The fact it doesn’t smell, have any taste or any colour is why it is often referred to as the silent killer.
It’s an extremely dangerous substance and therefore something you need to be clued up on.
How does Carbon Monoxide affect the body?
When a person inhales Carbon Monoxide it will mix with the blood and prevent it from being able to absorb Oxygen. Therefore if a person continues to be exposed to Carbon Monoxide, it will often have serious health implications such as paralysis and brain damage. In some cases exposure to CO can also cause death.
The common symptoms include headaches, dizziness, nausea, breathlessness, collapsing and loss of consciousness. If you find that you get any of these symptoms when you are at home or other people in your household (even your pets) are also experiencing the same symptoms, it is important to take action right away.
It is advised that you turn off your gas appliances and leave the house immediately. You should also seek medical advice, as a doctor will be able to test your blood or breathe for Carbon Monoxide poisoning.
If you are found to have Carbon Monoxide poisoning you will be treated with Oxygen therapy in hospital. This involves breathing in pure Oxygen through a tight-fitting mask so your body can replace carboxyhaemoglobin.
The recovery time from Carbon Monoxide poisoning can vary depending on how long you were exposed to it for. Around 10 to 15% of people who experience severe Carbon Monoxide poisoning will go on to have long-term complications such as brain damage and heart problems.
How to prevent Carbon Monoxide leaks
Carbon Monoxide leaks are often caused by insufficient venting of appliances, or blocked flues, which are connected to the appliance. These pose significant risks and need to be checked over by a qualified gas safety engineer.
One of the best ways to prevent CO leaks is to have your boiler and heating appliances inspected and maintained on a regular basis. A Gas Safe engineer from Logical Heating & Plumbing solutions a boiler repair croydon company, should carry out these inspections.
Detecting Carbon Monoxide
Luckily many people these days have CO alarms in their home. These alarms sound if Carbon Monoxide is present in the air, so those in the household can take action immediately.
If you don’t already have one, it’s a legal requirement for a Carbon Monoxide alarm to be fitted for your home. They look very similar to smoke alarms, are affordable to buy and very easy to fit. Your detector is likely to need changing every five years or so.
These alarms are designed to sound an alarm when CO is present in the air. They are much more effective than other Carbon Monoxide alarms that simply change colour, as they will alert to the poisonous gas you even if you are sleeping.