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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.

Two people are recovering from carbon monoxide poisoning in Newport News, 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.