Are you a frequent sufferer of headache, nausea and fatigue especially during winter time and you oftentimes dismissed it as a flu symptom? Well, if these symptoms recur again, do not take it lightly; chances are, you are a victim of carbon monoxide poisoning at a lower level. If these level climbs to a considerable degree, you are in danger of suffering from massive carbon monoxide poisoning, Prolong exposure to these gases can lead to brain damage and even death. These gases can be undetected in your home because they are odorless, colorless and tasteless. They are produced by the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels such as: gas, oil, coal and wood. They can also come from dryers, water heaters, solid fuel appliances and from open fires. They can also form in some chemical reactions and in thermal or incomplete decomposition of organic materials. It is a sad state of affairs because the world today is in the thick of all these human activities and is producing very large amount of toxic wastes.
The remedies that you can apply here are protection from these harmful gases and abate its production to the lowest level. We can develop safety precautionary measures in our homes against carbon monoxide though; by:
Inform the family members about the hazards that CO can bring to them and teach them how they can protect themselves from this hazard.
Install a CO detector in every level of your house; this is the only tool that can safely detect and warn us of high level of CO in the atmosphere.
Get your heating units, gas powered water heaters and stoves inspected or installed by authorized professionals.
Install good ventilation facility in your garage or other confined spaces where possible CO levels can accumulate. Do not warm up your car inside your garage; an amount of CO can be drawn towards the living space through doorways and vent systems especially during winter.
Rooms in which heating appliances are used must be adequately ventilated.
Chimneys and flues should be kept clear and swept from top to bottom at least once a year by a qualified sweeper.
Avoid using a portable generator inside your home or the attic, crawl space, garage or any other closed building.
Do not use a charcoal grill inside your house. The level of carbon monoxide emitted by a charcoal grill is very high.
No standards for CO have been agreed upon for indoor air. The U.S. National Ambient Air Quality Standards for outdoor air are 9 ppm (40,000 micrograms per meter cubed) for 8 hours, and 35 ppm for 1 hour.The average levels in homes without gas stoves vary from 0.5 to 5 parts per million (ppm). Levels near properly adjusted gas stoves are often 5 to 15 ppm and those near poorly adjusted stoves may be 30 ppm or higher.
Your home is supposed to be the safest place to stay for you and your loved ones, make it so then. Make it a CO-proof dwelling place observing sound housekeeping practices.
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