Safe homes, safe kids: Understanding the dangers of carbon monoxide

Carbon monoxide, also known as ‘the silent killer,’ takes over 200 lives each year.  This deadly gas is the leading cause of accidental poisoning related deaths and most commonly affects children under the age of five.  This colorless, tasteless, odorless gas is produced when fuels containing carbon: wood, charcoal, gas, coal, natural gas, and kerosene are not burned completely.  Here are some frequently asked questions we receive from parents:

What are the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning?

Carbon monoxide harming happens when an individual takes in vapor from not completely consumed fills containing carbon. Taking in these exhaust, diminishes the body’s capacity to convey oxygen. Having a low degree of oxygen brings about a decline in cells, which keeps your organs from working accurately.

What symptoms should I look for?

The indications of carbon monoxide harming are firmly identified with this season’s cold virus. A kid’s littler body makes them progressively vulnerable and permits side effects to show quicker contrasted with a sound grown-up. Here are a few side effects to search for: migraine, unsteadiness, shortcoming, sickness and heaving, chest torment, loss of hearing, brevity of breath, and fast or unpredictable heartbeat.

What should I do when I suspect carbon monoxide poisoning has occurred?

On the off chance that you presume that you or your youngster has become a casualty to carbon monoxide harming, promptly leave the defiled region. At the point when you are in a sheltered region, you have to call 911 or your nearby crisis clinical help (EMS).

What can I do to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning?

Forestalling carbon monoxide harming is as simple as taking a couple of additional safeguards. The most productive approach to forestall this is the establishment of a carbon monoxide caution. These alerts can give adequate admonition when carbon monoxide amasses to a hazardous level. Other supportive tips incorporate having chimneys investigated every year, not utilizing un-vented, gas-controlled space radiators or generators inside the home, and not heating up vehicles close to entryways or windows that enter the home or in carports joined to the home.

“It’s our central goal with SafeKids Greater Augusta to guard your children from preventable wounds. Carbon monoxide is a quiet executioner that sends 20,000 kids to the ER every year. Make certain to introduce a carbon monoxide indicator on each degree of your home and realize that they are not substitutes for smoke alerts. Another choice for your family might be mix smoke and carbon monoxide cautions.” – Renee McCabe, Injury Prevention and Safety Coordinator, SafeKids Greater Augusta

Sources: Safe Kids, Inc. (safekids.org)

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