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Fighting for carbon monoxide victims

Learn how to detect Carbon Monoxide at your home

Tips for Detecting Carbon Monoxide in Your Home

The steps that you take in order to determine whether or not someone in your home could be affected by carbon monoxide poisoning could do more than just prevent injuries. It could even protect someone from passing away as a result of continuous exposure to carbon monoxide gas. Carbon monoxide is often called a silent killer. This is because it is extremely difficult to detect whether or not it is in your home and office building or even inside a school.

Once you have identified that the symptoms you are suffering are associated with carbon monoxide poisoning, however, you may wish to identify the source of the problem as soon as possible and determine whether or not you have grounds for a defective product claim. Carbon monoxide can actually infiltrate your place of living without you ever even knowing it until the symptoms strike. Some of the most common sources of carbon monoxide in the home include:

  • Space heaters
  • Pipe and cigarette smoke
  • Kerosene heaters
  • Chimneys or furnace systems with leaks
  • Gas ranges
  • Generators
  • Gasoline fueled appliances

It is not always easy to determine that carbon monoxide is in your home in dangerous levels. Being aware of the symptoms may be the only way to prevent an incident.
Some of the first symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include:

  • Confusion
  • Tiredness
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Chest tightness
  • Shortness of breath
  • How much carbon monoxide poisoning with impact your health will ultimately depend on how long the exposure has happened and the amount of carbon monoxide exposure. It can lead to serious short term effects but it can also cause vomiting, nausea, and loss of muscle coordination as more serious symptoms. A carbon monoxide detector is one of the most important things you can have inside your home in order to alert you to any potential carbon monoxide issues. Make sure that you follow all manufacturer directions associated with your carbon monoxide detector. This includes whether or not there is an underwriter's laboratory certification tag on the model you purchased and how often the unit needs replacing. These important details can help you figure out whether or not you've purchased the right carbon monoxide detector for your home.

    Use a Carbon Monoxide Detector to Save Lives

    Having a detector to alert you to impending problems could help your loved ones from suffering significant injuries in the event of carbon monoxide poisoning. With a detector you will be able to identify a problem sooner rather than later so that you can take the necessary steps to avoid a problem. Some of the other steps you can take to prevent issues in the home include:

    • Repairing any leaks immediately in your central heating system
    • Having your heating system and furnace inspected every year by a professional
    • Always using the right fuel and kerosene heaters
    • Keeping all gas appliances in your home working properly

    Has someone in your family already suffered the negative impacts of carbon monoxide poisoning due to a defective device? Contact an experienced lawyer to learn more about your rights.

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