The malfunctioning of stoves, boilers, hot water tanks, water heaters and gas stoves and the use of wood or coal to heat the environments can produce carbon monoxide. This highly toxic gas can cause death when breathing at high levels.
It is important to prevent, all carbon monoxide poisoning is avoidable.
¿What is the Carbon Monoxide?
It is a toxic gas that is produced by the bad combustion of natural gas, firewood, coal and / or naphtha used to heat the home and ignite engines.
It does not look, it does not irritate, it does not smell. People become intoxicated by breathing it without realizing it.
¿What are the recommendations to prevent poisoning?
Always keep the environment ventilated. A ventilation grille or window just open, can save a life.
Avoid heating with the oven or kitchen burners.
Do not install the heater in the bathroom. If you have the heater in the bathroom, be advised to relocate it.
Before going to bed, turn off the stoves and remove the braziers from your home.
Have a registered gas company check the exit to the exterior of water heaters and stoves.
Perform all gas installations, appliance placement and repair with a licensed gas supplier.
Verify that the flame of the artifacts is blue. If it is of another color (yellow or orange) it is functioning in a defective way, producing abnormal amounts of carbon monoxide. Call a professional right away.
Do not start combustion engines in closed places (cars, generator sets, chainsaws, etc.)
¿What are the main symptoms?
The main reason is that in many cases the person is not aware of the symptom and its nonspecific can be confused with other diseases.
They may be:
Nausea or vomiting
Dizziness, accompanied by fatigue or lack of strength
Fainting or loss of consciousness
¿What to do at the first symptoms?
Ventilate the room quickly (open doors and windows).
Leave the contaminated environment.
Go to the nearest hospital.
Inform the medical staff about the suspicion of being suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning.