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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning – What are the dangers?

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning – What are the dangers?

Only last weekend we heard about the tragic loss of 3 people losing their life’s in Cornwall from carbon monoxide poisoning. Are you aware of the danger signs for carbon monoxide poisoning though?

A headache is the most common symptom of carbon monoxide poisoning but other symptoms include:

  • Dizziness and nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Tiredness and confusion
  • Stomach pain
  • Shortness of breath and difficulty breathing

Symptoms can be mistaken for food poisoning and flu. However, unlike flue, carbon monoxide poisoning does not cause a high temperature.

The longer you inhale CO gas, the worse your symptoms will be. You will lose balance, your vision and memory. Eventually, you may lose consciousness. This could even occur within 2 hours if there is a lot of CO gas in the air.

Who are most at risk from carbon monoxide poisoning?

Certain people in your household may be affected more quickly than other. Those at particular risk include

  • Babies and young children
  • Pregnant women
  • People with heart or breathing problems
Pets may be the first to show signs because they are vulnerable to the effects of CO gas.
How can I protect myself from carbon monoxide poisoning?Buy yourself a carbon monoxide detector should be a priority and you can pick theses up for the same price as a smoke alarm. Having a boiler service on a regular basis will also help too.

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