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Two people are recovering from carbon monoxide poisoning in Newport News, 13newsnow.com reports. The victims were exposed to the dangerous gas while at a hookah lounge. The lounge’s carbon monoxide alarm rang out, warning employees and patrons about the potential for poisoning. After everyone evacuated, four people were treated by first responders. Two people refused to be transported to the hospital after initial treatment. Investigators are still working to determine exactly what caused the carbon monoxide to leak into the lounge.

A colorless, odorless gas, carbon monoxide is often called a silent killer. It can creep into a room with no warning. Carbon monoxide poisoning is easily mistaken for cold and flu symptoms and dismissed without a second thought. This time of year, with the temperatures plummeting, more and more people are turning on their heating appliances to warm up. Too often, appliances like generators and furnaces can leak out carbon monoxide.

If you or your family use such appliances, make sure you have a functioning carbon monoxide detector installed in your home. Check the batteries every few months to ensure everything is working as it should. Should it sound, evacuate the building as quickly as possible, and call emergency services. Even if you don’t hear an alarm go off, pay attention to the signals your body is sending. If you feel an onset of symptoms including headache, dizziness, nausea and fatigue, get out of the environment and call emergency officials.

Do You Need A Virginia Carbon Monoxide Lawyer? – Contact Us

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.

The first carbon monoxide related death this season has Hampton Roads citizens on edge. Recently, a Newport News man died after being poisoned by the gas. A woman in the same home was taken to the hospital with what she initially believed to be symptoms of a stroke. Instead, carbon monoxide was to blame. News reports indicate that the carbon monoxide levels in the house were at 100 parts per million. Anything above nine parts per million is considered to be extremely dangerous.

Investigators are still looking into this incident, but it is believed that a heater attached to a propane tank in the home is the culprit behind the carbon monoxide leak. Too often, appliances used to heat homes can spring leaks unbeknownst to those inside the house. Without a recognizable color or odor associated with the gas, it’s easy to understand how such a leak can go unnoticed.

Symptoms Can Be Misleading

Many of the symptoms of carbon monoxide can also be misleading. Dizziness, headaches and fatigue may seem like common symptoms of the cold or flu. They can also be signs of carbon monoxide poisoning. How can you tell the difference? One way to determine if you’re sick or actually experiencing poisoning is to go outside into fresh air. If you begin to feel better after a few minutes, it’s likely that there’s a carbon monoxide leak in your home. However, if you or your family members feel ill, you should contact emergency services right away. Click here for common symptoms.

Protect Your Loved Ones. Install a Carbon Monoxide Detector.

There’s only one way to be sure that carbon monoxide has begun leaking in your home, and that’s by using a carbon monoxide detector. Just as important as your home’s smoke detector, these devices can be real life savers. They can also reassure you when you are feeling under the weather that you’re not being poisoned! Click here for more information on carbon monoxide detectors.

Virginia Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Lawyers

Our firm has experience handling carbon monoxide poisoning cases. We handled a tragic accident for a family that lost loved ones due to carbon monoxide poisoning in their rental apartment. After a thorough investigation, it was discovered that faulty repairs made to the roof were the cause of the leak. Negligent contractors and landlords need to be held responsible for their actions, especially when they result in serious illness or death of their residents. If you or a loved one have been harmed, contact us for a free case evaluation 877-544-5323.

A Newport News man has died after being poisoned by carbon monoxide. Emergency services responded to a call about a possible stroke inside the man’s home. Once there, they discovered a woman suffering either from a stroke or carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms, as a well as a man who had recently succumbed to the poisoning. Firefighters discovered high levels of carbon monoxide inside the home.

Initial investigations have revealed the potential source of the problem: a propane tank with a heating element attached. Without proper ventilation, the carbon monoxide leaking from the appliance had infiltrated the home. It is unclear whether or not the home had carbon monoxide detectors. The woman is still recuperating in the hospital. Our thoughts go out to the victims and their family during this difficult time.

With the cold temperatures finally setting in, carbon monoxide poisoning will likely become more and more of an issue. Too often, people forget about the potentially deadly gas and its role in heating appliances like space heaters, propane tanks and generators. The clear, odorless gas can sneak up on you with dangerous consequences. Many of the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are similar to those of the common cold or flu.

If you suddenly feel dizzy, tired, or have a headache, step outside for a few minutes for some fresh air. If the symptoms abate, it’s possible you could have a carbon monoxide leak on your hands. When in doubt, call the fire department for a full inspection. You can never be too safe when carbon monoxide is in question.

Norfolk rehab center workers are recovering following a carbon monoxide poisoning scare at work. When a kitchen employee began getting sick, emergency dispatchers were called. Upon arrival, first responders noticed the alarm on the carbon monoxide meter in their bag was going off. Everyone left the kitchen area, where air samples showed a reading of 100 carbon monoxide parts per million.

Additional testing revealed that levels were even higher on the first floor, with 300 parts per million. Firefighters turned off the gas in the building and ventilated each floor. Four employees, including the original ill kitchen worker, were taken to the hospital for treatment.

Though the rehab center was carbon monoxide free following the ventilation process, one has to wonder what policies are in place to protect patients and employees in the future. Reports did not indicate whether the center’s carbon monoxide detectors were set off during the incident, which begs the question: were such detectors installed in the building? Did they have fresh batteries? Were they in good working condition? When were they last serviced?

Though every company should follow safety policies and procedures, not everyone places an emphasis on carbon monoxide standards. Check to see your workplace’s policy on carbon monoxide detectors. Do they have one installed? When was the last time the batteries were replaced?  Carbon monoxide poisoning is often called the silent killer, as it is odorless and invisible. Out of sight, out of mind, even the most thoughtful supervisors can forget to check the detectors every few months.

Do You Need A Virginia Carbon Monoxide Lawyer? – Contact Us

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.

Five Woodbridge, Virginia residents are recovering following a carbon monoxide poisoning scare. Emergency services were called to a laundromat when one person was found unconscious. They were taken to the hospital and are being treated with a hyperbaric chamber. Four others also were taken to the hospital with carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms. Three have been released but one person remains hospitalized.

Fire department officials say the carbon monoxide was likely released by a malfunctioning appliance in the laundromat. There is no word on whether the building had a functioning carbon monoxide alarm. Thankfully, a laundromat customer recognized signs of carbon monoxide poisoning and called 911.

Carbon monoxide can be extremely deadly because symptoms related to poisoning often mimic the flu. When a person’s nose begins running, their heard hurts or they become dizzy or nauseous, their first inclination is to believe they are coming down with a cold or the flu. If not for the quick thinking laundromat customer, even more people may have suffered such symptoms.

Poisonings like this one are more common than one might realize. Anytime there is old or inefficient equipment being used inside, with little to no fresh air, there is a great chance that the appliances could indeed be leaking carbon monoxide. Take that into consideration the next time you turn on an old furnace or generator. Poisonings like this one are far more common during the winter months, with people shutting out cold air and turning on appliances that could actually be putting off this invisible, deadly gas. Be sure your home is equipped with a carbon monoxide alarm: it could save your life.

Do You Need A Carbon Monoxide Lawyer? – Contact Us

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.