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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning — A Serious Concern for West Texas Families

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Carbon monoxide poisoning is a dangerous occurrence that can affect anyone. The symptoms can be fatal, but there are several things you can do to keep your family from being at risk.

Carbon Monoxide Symptoms

Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning can occur when there's just a small presence of the gas. CO has no color, odor or taste, and the presence of the gas often only becomes evident when symptoms of poisoning occur.

If there are small traces of carbon monoxide,inhalation of it can cause flu-like symptoms. This includes vertigo, headaches and confusion. A slow leak over a long period of time can cause loss of memory and depression. In higher quantities, you may lose consciousness. Ultimately, inhalation of carbon monoxide can lead to death.

Some people are more susceptible to the gas. People with heart disease, young children, and those with respiratory problems can be affected quicker and more severely.

Sources and Prevention

Carbon monoxide is a common by-product of combustion from equipment like a water heater or heating system. Even a small leak could release dangerous amounts of the gas.

Having a carbon monoxide detector installed in your home can alert you of a gas leak before you develop CO poisoning. In addition to this, avoid using other fuel-burning equipment inside the home. Cars shouldn't be left running in the garage, as carbon monoxide can leak into your home. The fireplace should be cleaned regularly and have a working vent, and the HVAC system should be maintained regularly by a qualified technician.

To learn more about carbon monoxide poisoning and how to keep your home safe, contact Texas Air Comfort. We provide reliable and exceptional heating and air conditioning services for customers throughout Texas.

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