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Occupants of a Washington, DC boardinghouse were hospitalized after experiencing flu-like symptoms that authorities say were caused by exposure to carbon monoxide. Investigators found a faulty furnace in the basement of the boardinghouse and say it was to blame for the severe carbon monoxide leak. Thankfully, all of the affected residents are expected to be okay.

This is the second such leak in a matter of days for Washington, DC residents. A six-story apartment building was also recently evacuated after carbon monoxide began leaking into the residences.

Carbon monoxide poisoning occurs most commonly in the cold months, since furnaces are often to blame for the leaks. Because carbon monoxide is an invisible and odorless gas, it can impact a person before they even realize something is amiss. The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning can be easily mistaken for the common cold or flu. Many people exposed to carbon monoxide fail to recognize anything is wrong until they are poisoned. Once they breathe in fresh air, they often feel an immediate sense of relief.

Protect your family from carbon monoxide poisoning by investing in a carbon monoxide detector. Affordable and easy to install, these detectors work in the same way smoke detectors do. Of course, like smoke detectors, it’s important that you change the batteries out regularly. Pair the chore with turning back your clocks every time daylight savings time ends or begins.

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A young couple from Washington Township, Ohio has died following an accident involving carbon monoxide. Police say the couple was last seen feeding their cows in their yard. When they failed to show up to work the next morning, police conducted a wellness check at their home. Fumes from the carbon monoxide were so overwhelming that authorities had to air out the home before proceeding with their investigation. When they were able to enter, they found the bodies of the young couple and their dog.

No foul play is suspected, as police determined that carbon monoxide levels were at 4000 parts per million when they entered the home. Friends say the couple had recently installed a new coal burner. It appears that it may have malfunctioned, leaking dangerous carbon monoxide into the home.

The Silent Killer

Carbon monoxide is odorless, colorless and tasteless, making it invisible to the human senses. That’s why it’s often referred to as a silent killer. Though the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning can indicate a problem, the nausea, dizziness and drowsiness associated with the gas can often be mistaken for the common cold or flu.

Experts say the best way to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning is to install detectors throughout your home and regularly change the batteries. Avoid running gasoline powered appliances indoors, and if you must, open a window when doing so. If you believe you are experiencing carbon monoxide poisoning, going outside for some fresh air can provide relief.

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A 13-year-old boy in Michigan died of carbon monoxide poisoning after swimming in an indoor pool without proper ventilation. That’s the news from CNN, who has been following the story since the incident occurred April 1, 2017. Police say the boy, along with 14 other people were found unconscious in the pool room. The victims were taken the hospital, but the teenaged boy was pronounced dead upon arrival.

Tests revealed the room contained carbon monoxide levels at 800 parts per million. Federal standards for carbon monoxide are just 35 parts per million at one hour exposure rates. First responders had to be treated after working at the scene.

Investigations after the accident reveal that there was no carbon monoxide detector in the pool room at the time of the incident. The pool heater seems to be the culprit for the carbon monoxide leak – the exhaust was not functioning properly. Because carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless, there was no warning for the folks enjoying time at the hotel pool.

Further investigations found that regulations required the hotel to install carbon monoxide detectors no later than April 20, 2017 – just a few weeks following the accident. Had the hotel employees installed the devices in time, this accident might have been avoided entirely.

The reality is that most states don’t require hotels to have carbon monoxide detectors installed. Don’t leave it up to hotel staff to install these life-saving devices. If you and your family travel frequently, it’s worth it to invest in a travel carbon monoxide detector.

CO Poisoning Injuries Caused by Negligence

The attorneys at the Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC have helped victims who have suffered from the serious side effects of carbon monoxide poisoning caused by a negligent individual or entity.  If you have been poisoned and would like to speak with our of our experienced attorneys, contact us to setup a free case evaluation.

 

It’s called the silent killer for a reason. Carbon monoxide is odorless, colorless invisible gas that is deceptively dangerous. So deceptive, in fact, that most people don’t know they’ve been poisoned until after they seek medical attention.

Carbon monoxide poisoning occurs most commonly in winter. That’s because carbon monoxide comes from the burning of fuels – something many of us turn to in order to stay warm this time of year. When carbon monoxide builds up indoors, people and animals alike can become poisoned when they breathe in the gas.

When carbon monoxide is breathed in, vital organs like the brain and the heart begin to shut down. They’re deprived of the oxygen they need to function successfully. Additionally, carbon monoxide can work with proteins in your body to cause tissue damage. Even just a few minutes of exposure to carbon monoxide can cause serious injury – and even death.

The good news? Carbon monoxide poisoning is fairly easy to avoid – if you’ve got the right equipment. Most homes are equipped with carbon monoxide detectors. Like smoke detectors, these devices monitor the amount of carbon monoxide in the air. If the levels rise to an unsafe level, the alarm will sound, allowing you and your family to evacuate safely.

Prevention, though, is key to avoiding carbon monoxide poisoning. Avoid starting up your car in an enclosed garage – you’ll need plenty of fresh air to combat the carbon monoxide being put off by your vehicle. Unvented space heaters are the second most common cause of carbon monoxide poisoning. Make sure you crack a window if you need to use one!

CO Poisoning Injuries Caused by Negligence

The attorneys at the Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC have helped victims who have suffered from the serious side effects of carbon monoxide poisoning caused by a negligent individual or entity.  If you have been poisoned and would like to speak with our of our experienced attorneys, contact us to setup a free case evaluation.

 

Have you turned on your heat for the year? When was the last time you had your home heating system inspected? Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless – and poisonous – gas that older home heating systems can sometimes emit. Other household appliances like stoves, furnaces and space heaters can also be a source of this deadly gas.

Follow these 4 tips to stay safe while there’s a chill in the air:

1. Install a carbon monoxide detector.

Smoke detectors are in every home, so why risk living without a carbon monoxide detector? They monitor the levels of carbon monoxide in the air and sounds the alarm if the gas is detected. You’ll need a carbon monoxide detector in every living area in your home, just to be safe. Already have carbon monoxide detectors installed? Be sure you maintain them regularly by changing out the batteries.

2. Start warming up your car outside of the garage. 

Proper ventilation is key when avoiding carbon monoxide poisoning, so never run an engine in an enclosed area. When warming up your car in the garage before work, make sure you’ve opened the garage door to let fresh air from the outside in. Similarly, avoid running stoves, grills, or generators in basements or garages. Even appliances made for indoor use can sometimes emit carbon monoxide if they are broken or malfunctioning.

3. Clean your vents and fireplaces.

After a storm or particularly heavy snowfall, you’ll need to head outside and make sure your vents aren’t being blocked by leaves or snow. And before you have your first fire of the season, thoroughly clean out your fireplace and flue. Even if you’ve recently had your vents and fireplace serviced, faulty repairs or negligent cleaning can go unnoticed – until it is too late.

4. Watch out for symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Even low concentrations of carbon monoxide in the air can have an effect on your health. Look out for signs of fatigue, headache, nausea, chest pain and confusion – they can be a warning of worse symptoms to come. If you think you or a loved one might be suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning, open windows and let fresh air in immediately. Seek medical attention if you suspect someone has carbon monoxide poisoning.
If you and your family have experienced the silent killer that is carbon monoxide poisoning, contact a Virginia carbon monoxide lawyer as soon as possible. Immediate investigation can make a real difference in the success or failure of your case.

CO Poisoning Injuries Caused by Negligence

The attorneys at the Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC have helped victims who have suffered from the serious side effects of carbon monoxide poisoning caused by a negligent individual or entity.  If you have been poisoned and would like to speak with our of our experienced attorneys, contact us to setup a free case evaluation.