Carbon monoxide is called the silent killer for good reason. It is colorless, odorless, and tasteless. People often succumb to carbon monoxide poisoning without ever realizing it. Those exposed to non-lethal concentrations often fail to recognize the problem because many of its symptoms resemble those of the flu. Unless the home has a carbon monoxide detector, one could go to bed one evening and never wake up again.
Carbon monoxide poisoning is always a possibility when the combustion of a fuel occurs within or near an enclosed area. Stoves, furnaces, car engines, generators, and space heaters burn fuel and direct the combustion products outdoors. However, leakage can occur because of a defect, poor maintenance, damage, or misuse. Exposure to non-lethal concentrations may cause brain damage, neurological problems, and an increased risk of heart disease.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Symptoms
- Shortness of breath
- Nausea or vomiting
- Blurred vision
- Loss of consciousness
- Install carbon monoxide detectors in your home. Follow instructions on their placement, battery replacement, and testing.
- Whether the door is open or closed, never run your car in the garage.
- Never use a charcoal or propane grill indoors.
- Never use gas-powered electric generators inside your home or in the garage.
- Never use a gas stove for heating your home.
- Read and follow all instructions and warnings on appliances that burn a fuel.
- Periodically have your home heating system and furnaces inspected and maintained.
Ways That Negligence Contributes to Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
- Improper installation of furnaces, gas burning stoves, wood stoves, and flues.
- Failure to do proper maintenance of fuel-burning appliances and automotive exhaust systems.
- Shoddy automotive work on an exhaust system.
- Improper installation of carbon monoxide detectors, home heating system, or gas appliance.
- Failure of a landlord to check the safety of appliances and heaters before renting an apartment to a tenant.
The above is by no means a comprehensive list of the types of negligence that causes carbon monoxide poisoning. If you or a loved one were diagnosed with carbon monoxide poisoning, have a personal injury attorney analyze your case and hold the negligent parties responsible. Contact us at Parrish Devaughn for a free consultation.