Carbon monoxide (CO) is a toxic, colourless, odourless and tasteless gas. Even though CO has no distinguishable odour on its own it is often mixed with other gases that do have an odour so, you can inhale carbon monoxide along with other gases that you can smell and not even know it is present. In this article, we explain what is carbon monoxide poisoning.
So, What is Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?
Carbon monoxide is produced by the incomplete burning of natural gas or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). Household gas appliances such as fires, boilers, central heating systems and cookers etc can all be possible sources of carbon monoxide gas. It happens when the fuel does not burn fully which can be caused by a gas appliance fitted incorrectly, inadequately repaired or poorly maintained. It can also be caused by flues, chimneys or vents being blocked.
What is carbon monoxide poisoning? Carbon monoxide poisoning typically occurs by breathing in carbon monoxide. After carbon monoxide is breathed in, it enters your bloodstream and mixes with the haemoglobin (the part of red blood cells that carry oxygen around your body). This can lead to serious tissue damage or even death.
Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are similar to flu, viral infections, fatigue, food poisoning and a hangover which makes it easy to mistake carbon monoxide poisoning for something else.
Here are 6 symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning:
- Loss of Consciousness
There are also other signs to look out for that could suggesting carbon monoxide poisoning including; symptoms occur when you are at home, but seem to disappear when you leave and others in your household (including pets) are also experiencing similar symptoms. You can also visit the NHS website for more information on symptoms on CO poisoning.
It’s vital you know the symptoms and signs of a carbon monoxide leak in your home because knowing the signs can ensure you aren’t exposed to dangerous levels of CO for a long period of time. If you detect any of these symptoms follow our advice on what to do if you smell gas in your home,
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