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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.

 

Seven Fairfax County residents are recovering from carbon monoxide following a scary incident at an apartment complex. Amidst the snow, ice and sleet that was falling during the most recent winter storm, the apartment complex’s ground floor furnace room vents became blocked. One of the buildings had to be evacuated because of the high levels of carbon monoxide present. Seven people were transported to a local hospital where they were treated for carbon monoxide poisoning. They have since been released.

Beyond the icy sidewalks and slippery streets, snow can create a blockage in your home or apartment’s vents. The exhaust pipes of your car, furnace, gas stoves and dryers can also become easily blocked by heavy snowfall. These pipes need space to breathe in order to prevent carbon monoxide build up. The plastic pipes often jut out from the side of the house, but can also sometimes be found on the roof or up through the chimney.

In Virginia, we so rarely deal with major winter storms that carbon monoxide poisoning is the last thing on our minds amidst grocery store runs and school closings. While snow is definitely exciting, we can’t forget the dangers associated with it. As you work to clear your driveway and sidewalk, be sure to take a look for your exhaust pipes and make room for them to breathe.

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.

 

With winter finally here, many are turning up the heat to stay warm. Though most of us rely on central heat, some choose alternate heat sources to combat the cold temperatures. Trouble is, many of these alternate sources can come with a nasty risk: carbon monoxide poisoning. Grills, furnaces, stoves and engines can all leak carbon monoxide into your home and sicken – even kill – you and your family.

The Centers for Disease Control report that carbon monoxide poisoning leads to more than 20,000 emergency room visits each year. Too often, the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning can be mistaken for a seasonal cold or flu. Headaches, nausea, dizziness and vomiting are all indicators that you could have a carbon monoxide leak in your home. Having trouble differentiating between your cold or potential poisoning symptoms? Simply step outside your home for a few minutes. If your symptoms abate, there’s a good chance you could be suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Install & Maintain a Carbon Monoxide Detector

Thankfully, there are steps you can take to preventing this poisoning from occurring. Install a carbon monoxide monitor and like a smoke detector, check and change its batteries every few months. Avoid using heat sources intended for outdoor use, like grills or generators. Without the fresh breezes of the great outdoors to keep carbon monoxide at bay, you run a much greater risk of endangering your family’s health. Instead, choose heat sources intended for the indoors, like space heaters or fireplaces. Even low-tech options like quilts, hand warmers and space blankets are good, safe alternatives to outdoor heating mechanisms.

Do You Need A Virginia Carbon Monoxide Lawyer?

The attorneys at the Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC represent victims and their families that have suffered from the serious side effects of carbon monoxide poisoning caused by a negligent individual or entity. If you’ve been poisoned and you suspect that it was caused by a defective appliance,  faulty repairs, a negligent installation, or the carelessness of another– contact our attorneys today.

Our attorneys understand the urgent need to do an immediate investigation on your behalf to preserve crucial evident and have obtained outstanding results for our clients. We offer a no fee promise which means you pay no legal fees unless we win or settle your case.