Carbon Monoxide is a real danger to us all and annual boiler and appliance checks will keep us safe.
Q: "You are just trying to scare us into having these tests to make money, surely I don't need my boiler and appliances checked every year?"
A: Every gas appliance should be checked every 12 months and of course I want you to be around each year for me to check them. After all I want to keep my customers not lose them!
Keep yourself, your family and even your pets safe. Get it checked!
So what does Carbon Monoxide do to me?
monoxide poisoning can be a deadly condition. It results from
inhaling carbon monoxide gas (CO). CO is produced when gas, wood,
charcoal, or other fuel is burned. It often builds up when fuel-burning
heating and cooking devices are faulty or not properly serviced. CO is odourless, tasteless, and colourless gas. People can inhale it without knowing.
Carbon Monoxide Binding To Hemoglobin
Inhaling CO gas causes carbon monoxide poisoning. People can be exposed to the gas when fuel-burning appliances are broken or are not vented properly. For instance:
Once the gas is inhaled, it is easily absorbed through the lungs. Hemoglobin carries oxygen in the blood to the entire body. CO binds tightly with hemoglobin and takes the place of the oxygen. Tissue becomes starved for life-sustaining oxygen. Brain tissue is very much at risk.
A risk factor is something that increases your chance of getting a disease or condition.
35 ppm (0.0035%)
Headache and dizziness within six to eight hours of constant exposure.
100 ppm (0.01%)
Slight headache in two to three hours.
200 ppm (0.02%)
Slight headache within two to three hours; loss of judgment.
400 ppm (0.04%)
Frontal headache within one to two hours
800 ppm (0.08%)
Dizziness, nausea, and convulsions within 45 min; insensible within 2 hours.
1,600 ppm (0.16%)
Headache, tachycardia, dizziness, and nausea within 20 min; death in less than 2 hours.
3,200 ppm (0.32%)
Headache, dizziness and nausea in five to ten minutes. Death within 30 minutes.
6,400 ppm (0.64%)
Headache and dizziness in one to two minutes. Convulsions, respiratory arrest, and death in less than 20 minutes.
12,800 ppm (1.28%)
Unconsciousness after 2-3 breaths. Death in less than three minutes.
ppm = parts per million
The doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history, and perform a physical exam. You will be asked questions about:
Tests may include:
Move away from the source of the carbon monoxide. Breathe fresh air outdoors. Mild symptoms usually start to resolve after getting away from the gas.
Seek medical care immediately. Explain that you think you may have been exposed to carbon monoxide. The doctor may give you oxygen until your symptoms go away and CO levels in your blood drop.
Other therapies may include:
Avoiding exposure to CO is the key to preventing carbon monoxide poisoning. Because the gas has no odour or colour, you will not know if it is present. The following suggestions can reduce your risk of exposure:
A report published in 2005 described a 23-year old female victim of carbon monoxide poisoning, found delirious and hyperventilating, who thought she saw a ghost while in the shower. A new gas water heater had just been improperly installed in her home, which flooded the house with carbon monoxide when the victim closed all the exterior windows and doors and took a shower.