Police SUV Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Fourth Reported Case in Austin, TX

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Keeping the streets safe may involve action from police departments that use Ford Explorers. This is because of the risk of police SUV carbon monoxide poisoning, where exhaust from the rear of the vehicle seeps into the vehicle’s air.

We have been covering the reports that police SUVs have problems with carbon monoxide emissions within the car. These police SUV carbon monoxide poisoning have only grown larger in number in the recent past. The Ford Explorer vehicle that is causing the problems is an extremely popular car in the United States and is a car often used by police officers. At this point, Austin, Texas is now looking into its fourth reported carbon monoxide leak in a police car, according to the Austin-American Statesman.

While one Newport Beach officer reported the gas nearly killed him, many others report a rotten egg-like smell that fills the car when the exhaust from the rear of the car seeps into the vehicle. The response from Ford has been less than enthusiastic and not satisfactory to the police departments who feel their officers lives are being threatened. The Austin police took extra precautions by installing warning systems in their police vehicles that would warn the officers when exhaust is seeping into the air. This line of action was prompted by another police officer in Austin who nearly passed out while driving in March, according to the Statesman. This most recent situation in Austin  was less dire thanks to the new warning systems.

The police officer who was driving noticed the warning system activated while driving. He pulled over and reported the incident without getting sick. These warning systems are a necessary precaution for those driving Ford Explorers, since Ford is not taking action to stop the problem of gas seepage. More police departments that use Ford Explorers should consider installing warning systems to prevent the occurrence of carbon monoxide poisoning while driving.

If the driver of the vehicle passes out while driving, the carbon monoxide poisoning could turn into a fatal automobile crash. The Newport Beach police officer crashed into a tree. He even said that he could have lost his life that day. This threat is very real to those with Ford Explorer SUVs. The necessary action to prevent carbon monoxide poisonings is not being taken by Ford, so police departments are having to take matters into their own hands and install warning systems. Making sure these incidents are reported and documented, not swept under the rug, is also an important aspect to fixing this dangerous problem.

After the first Austin case which prompted the department to install warning systems, there were two other reported incidents of carbon monoxide seeping into the air in the car. This makes the most recent incident the fourth documented case of carbon monoxide seepage into the police Ford Explorers in Austin, Texas. This is four times too many. The department made a very smart move installing the warning systems to (1) prevent fatal crashes caused by unconsciousness due to carbon monoxide poisoning and (2) to document the cases of carbon monoxide poisoning in their police vehicles.

Austin, Texas is not the only city who is concerned. Since the Austin police officer was sickened by carbon monoxide, many other departments across the country have reached out about how best to protect their officers. Many police departments across the country are affected by this problem. Austin, Texas is just one place that needs to and wants to help solve this problem.

Union Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Sickens Five People

Five people were transported to the hospital following a Union carbon monoxide poisoning Sunday night. Union, NJ was the site of dangerously high levels of carbon monoxide in a home, according to TAPinto.

Reports said that a female was unconscious in the home, and another person had undisclosed medical issues.

Sadly, this tragic event also killed the family dog. The levels in the home were extremely high. The old cliche about canaries in the coal mine is too often true.  Since dogs are normally smaller than adult humans, the carbon monoxide will affect them more. Their bodies are smaller, so it takes less of the gas to overcome them. It takes less for them to die from carbon monoxide poisoning. This is also true for children, since they are smaller than normal adult humans, too.

The levels of carbon monoxide that the emergency personnel found were about 100 ppm at the door and about 900 ppm on the second floor. These are lethal levels of the toxin.

When one breathes in high levels of carbon monoxide in the air, the brain and body becomes deprived of oxygen. Carbon monoxide binds to hemoglobin, a protein in the blood that carries oxygen, with about 200 times the affinity of oxygen. This process of oxygen deprivation is called anoxia.

Then, in addition, carbon monoxide causes excess of a neuron-killing neurotransmitter in the brain called glutamate. In effect, too much carbon monoxide causes brain cells to die.

The most vulnerable parts of the brain are those located deep in the brain at the end of its oxygen route. These parts of the brain that are susceptible to brain damage include the hippocampus and the corpus callosum. They control memory and coordination, respectively. This is why some people with carbon monoxide poisoning experience memory problems or balance issues. With levels this high, there is a risk of brain damage.

A scientific study demonstrated that hyperbaric oxygen therapy is actually an effective treatment for trying to reduce cognitive sequelae in the days and weeks following the acute carbon monoxide poisoning. Hyperbaric oxygen treats with 100 percent oxygen in a pressurized chamber. In the 2 to 40 days following the acute event, victims may begin to suffer from delayed neurological sequelae (DNS). Sequelae simply means complications after the fact. The study mentioned demonstrated that hyperbaric oxygen therapy significantly reduced cognitive sequelae after an acute carbon monoxide poisoning.

With levels reaching 900 ppm, the carboxyhemoglobin levels, which measures the amount of carbon monoxide in the blood, were probably very high. With very high levels, it is best practice to treat using hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Hopefully, that is what happened in this case.

There may be fault in this case of the Union carbon monoxide poisoning. From a legal perspective, it is important to take the carboxyhemoglobin levels as soon as possible to get an accurate idea of how high their carboxyhemoglobin levels were during the peak of the event. This can help prove that the victims suffered significant damages. With every minute of breathing normal oxygen, or being treated with oxygen, the carboxyhemoglobin levels go down.

According to the report, the source of the poisoning was a faulty furnace. The Union FMBA Local 46 posted on Facebook encouraging residents to purchase carbon monoxide alarms if they have not already.

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Building Owner in Manitowoc Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Disputes Citations

The Manitowoc carbon monoxide poisoning that occurred in October of last year sent 17 people to the hospital. The Manitowoc, WI building affected was owned by Rep. Paul Tittl and holds The Manitowoc County Republican Party Headquarters, Susie Kay’s Cafe, and five apartments. Ten people in the apartments and seven people from the cafe were taken to hospitals for treatment.

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Rep. Tittl challenged his citations after the Manitowoc carbon monoxide poisoning.

Four people were treated with hyperbaric oxygen therapy, a treatment that is usually only used in severe cases. This treatment actually significantly reduces the risk of cognitive sequelae following the poisoning.

The Manitowoc carbon monoxide poisoning came into the news again recently. Rep. Tittl was issued three citations, and he is challenging all of them. Two of the citations were for smoke detector violations ($691 each) and were issued in November of 2016. He was issued another citation in early 2017 for having no fire extinguisher in a common area ($187), according to ABC 2 WBAY.

From the news article, Rep. Tittl made this statement: “We are challenging the tickets. This was a horrible situation that should not have happened. The smoke detectors in the common areas of the building were all operational. I later learned that the apartment’s detectors were removed by the tenants and that the fire extinguisher was stolen.”

Wisconsin carbon monoxide detector law requires any building used for sleeping or lodging purposes should have a carbon monoxide detector in sleeping areas, if it uses fuel-burning appliances. This is true for apartment buildings as well as hotels and motels. We have seen carbon monoxide poisonings in hotels, specifically in Niles, MI, recently. In the Manitowoc carbon monoxide poisoning, an operational carbon monoxide detector could possibly have warned people of the poisoning before they fell ill.

After an investigation into the Manitowoc carbon monoxide poisoning, a few problems were found that could have been possible causes. Some pipes coming from the boiler were blocked, and this could have affected the combustion. Improper combustion is what causes carbon monoxide levels to rise and to become carbon monoxide poisoning. A cracked heat exchanger was another problem listed in the investigation report. No water in the boiler tank was another possible cause of the Manitowoc carbon monoxide poisoning.

The incident occurred on October 31, 2016. Rep. Tittl said that he had the boiler serviced twice during October. The boiler was taken into evidence.When  equipment is improperly serviced, it can still cause carbon monoxide poisoning. Just like in this case, a missing piece of the puzzle (cracked heat exchanger, etc.) and an improper repair can cause people to become ill from the “silent killer.”

Carbon monoxide is called the silent killer sometimes because it is colorless, odorless, and tasteless. It can sneak up on you, making you feel sick with headaches, nausea, and confusion.

Pennsylvania Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Sickens Five

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Coal-burning appliances without proper ventilation can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. An unclean furnace is likely what caused the Pennsylvania carbon monoxide poisoning.

A Pennsylvania carbon monoxide poisoning sent three adults and two infants to the hospital, according to Standard Speaker. Firefighters were sent to a couple of homes that had elevated levels of carbon monoxide.

One side of the duplex had levels at 140 ppm with levels at 106 ppm in the sleeping area. The other side had levels at 40 ppm. It was not clear how long the levels were elevated. This was difficult to determine as the residents did not speak English.

Exposure to carbon monoxide at levels of 140 ppm can raise carboxyhemoglobin levels in the blood to above 10 percent. This seems to be the threshold where brain damage has about a 40 percent likelihood to occur.

Carbon monoxide displaces oxygen in the blood. Hemoglobin, the protein that carries oxygen, binds to carbon monoxide instead of the cell-feeding oxygen. When the brain is deprived of oxygen, damage can occur. In addition, carbon monoxide poisoning actually creates an excess of a neuron-killing neurotransmitter in the brain.

The most concerning part of this news story is that it affected two infants. With bodies that are much smaller than adults, infants and small children have a higher risk factor. Carbon monoxide can overtake them at a faster rate than adults. This is also true for small pets in the home.

The source of the carbon monoxide in the Pennsylvania carbon monoxide poisoning was likely the coal-burning furnaces. Both homes affected had coal-burning heat. Firefighters, who shut down the furnaces and ventilated the homes, said that the both of the furnaces had a lot of soot.

With cooler temperatures, the need for operating furnaces is still here. It is a good idea to have your furnace checked out every year to make sure it is clean and no vents are being blocked. Doing so can help prevent carbon monoxide poisoning like this one in Pennsylvania.

One of the residents was complaining of a headache, just one of the symptoms that can be caused by carbon monoxide poisoning. Other symptoms include nausea, vomiting, confusion, and disorientation. Chest pains can also be a sign that there is elevated carbon monoxide in the air. Seizures and coma are also possible.

These symptoms might be the immediate signs that something is wrong, called the acute symptoms. This is reason enough to call for help from emergency personnel immediately. If you feel these symptoms and suspect carbon monoxide poisoning, get to fresh air immediately and call for help.

There are many more symptoms that can occur after the initial carbon monoxide poisoning, called delayed symptoms. In the weeks following the poisoning, delayed neurological sequelae can occur. These symptoms include memory loss, movement disorders, Parkinson-like syndrome, communication disturbances, depressed mood, dementia and psychosis.

It has been scientifically proven that hyperbaric oxygen therapy can actually decrease the risk of cognitive sequelae if administered after acute carbon monoxide poisoning. It is our hope that the people in the Pennsylvania carbon monoxide poisoning were made aware of the risks of CO poisoning and were given hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

Plane Carbon Monoxide Poisoning In Anchorage Alaska

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We may not hear as much about boat or plane carbon monoxide poisonings; however, these are places we also need to be aware carry a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

A pilot, who died in Anchorage, Alaska, died because of a plane carbon monoxide poisoning. The floatplane that was involved in the crash had an extremely damaged and degraded muffler can assembly. The carbon monoxide death occurred last year, according to KFQD.

Before he crashed the plane into a tree, the pilot made two 360 degree right turns. His family said that this kind of erratic flying behavior was not like their loved one at all. The National Transportation Safety Board announced that it was a plane carbon monoxide poisoning that killed the man.

And it was no small amount of carbon monoxide. Examination of his blood demonstrated that he had carboxyhemoglobin levels of 48 percent. These are extremely high levels. Impairment occurs at only 10 or 20 percent. Carboxyhemoglobin is the measure of the amount of carbon monoxide in the blood, which binds to the protein hemoglobin. This protein carries oxygen throughout the body and throughout the brain. High carboxyhemoglobin levels indicate a lack of oxygen, as carbon monoxide has displaced oxygen in the blood. It also indicates a high level of toxicity in the brain. Carbon monoxide poisoning causes an excess of the neurotransmitter glutamate in the brain, which causes brain cell death.

The problem with the muffler that caused this severe of a poisoning likely was noticed before. It’s probable that this problem did not come out of thin air. Slow, gradual poisoning may have been occurring before until a major problem caused the plane carbon monoxide poisoning death. Who looked at the plane before it was ready to fly?

It’s so important to get machinery that you operate regularly and want to work properly serviced by professionals who know what they are doing. Carbon monoxide is a very deadly gas, and you never want to be in its crosshairs. This plane carbon monoxide poisoning that occurred last year caused a real death. A real person was taken away from his family. This was caused by the confusion and impaired judgement that is brought about by levels of carbon monoxide that are even lower than those measured in his blood. The levels were so high in his blood, I wonder why nobody noticed anything wrong with the plane or with the pilot sooner. It’s hard to say what went on in the moments before the crash without being in the plane with the pilot himself.

Carbon monoxide poisoning causes a range of symptoms before death sinks in. It causes symptoms such as headache, nausea, weakness, chest pain, difficult or labored breathing, loss of consciousness, seizures, and coma. This is a very serious matter as we see in this plane carbon monoxide poisoning because all of these symptoms can lead up to an untimely death.

Another question I have is who owned the plane. It was a floatplane, according to the news report. Who was responsible for its care and maintenance? This tragedy could have happened at Chicago Midway, IL. It could have been prevented if someone spoke up and said that this plane was not acceptable to fly with a degraded muffler. It killed a man in a death that was entirely preventable, making it all the more tragic.

The Push for Stricter Carbon Monoxide Laws

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After the Niles hotel carbon monoxide poisoning, carbon monoxide laws are being re-examined. Michigan law requires carbon monoxide detectors in hotels built after 2009.

With carbon monoxide tragedies in the news lately, there has been a push from advocates for stricter carbon monoxide laws. It has been revealed that a group representing hotel management in Michigan was opposed to these stricter carbon monoxide laws. According to WWMT.com West Michigan, the Michigan Lodging and Tourism Association (MLTA) opposed legislation that would have prevented the Niles, Mich. hotel carbon monoxide poisoning. Last week, another carbon monoxide poisoning in a Michigan hotel led to the evacuation of 60 patrons and employees.

The Michigan law currently requires hotels built after 2009 to have carbon monoxide detectors. The original law did not have this kind of provision. If the law passed as advocates wanted it to, the Niles, Mich. hotel carbon monoxide poisoning would not have happened.

The reasons that the MLTA opposed the legislation was because it is expensive. The originally proposed law required the carbon monoxide detectors to be hard-wired. The MLTA said that commercial grade carbon monoxide detectors were too expensive.

The other reason they stated was that it was not necessary. They had not documented any deaths due to carbon monoxide in Michigan in a hotel setting. Obviously this is not the case anymore after the Niles hotel carbon monoxide poisoning. They cited the fact that other states do not require hotels to have carbon monoxide detectors. This is still the case that many states do not have carbon monoxide detectors. After this tragedy, things need to change. Hopefully, through media coverage and advocacy, this change becomes a reality. The police are still determining whether or not the Niles hotel is responsible for being negligent.

Michigan is not the only place where advocates have called for stronger carbon monoxide laws. A young girl who died after an afternoon of boating with her family is honored with a law. Sophia’s Law, which requires carbon monoxide detectors in Minnesota, took effect recently. Ever since the accident, which was a year and a half ago, her parents have pushed for change.

Another parent whose child died in a Colorado apartment is pushing for stricter carbon monoxide laws. Donald Johnson’s effort is called the Lauren Project. He recently tried to get a law passed in North Dakota that would require carbon monoxide alarms in new construction and existing homes, but the law was vetoed by the governor.

The Quality Inn & Suites which is the site of the Niles carbon monoxide poisoning was built before 2009, so under the law it was not required for them to have detectors. They did not have any detectors. With a stricter law, the tragedy of a child dying could have been prevented. When they were trying to pass a stricter law, the State Fire Marshall, the Department of Labor and the Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union were in support of the law. But the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Michigan Association of Realtors were in opposition.

Hopefully this will be an illustration of why it is so important to have operational carbon monoxide detectors. This must be true in apartments, hotels, and boats alike.

Another Michigan Hotel Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

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Pool heaters can be dangerous when it comes to carbon monoxide. Just ask the victims of the Michigan hotel carbon monoxide poisoning in Novi, Mich.

After some patrons of the hotel reported a lightheaded feeling, the employees and patrons numbering 60 were evacuated to avoid tragedy in another Michigan hotel carbon monoxide poisoning, according to Click on Detroit. Investigators determined that the pool heater was the culprit in this carbon monoxide poisoning. They also checked the elevator shaft for carbon monoxide levels, but determined it was in fact the pool heater.

The facts of this case seem eerily similar to a story earlier this month: https://carbonmonoxide.com/2017/04/niles-hotel-carbon-monoxide-poisoning-leaves-one-dead.html. This story was at a hotel. It was a carbon monoxide poisoning. The source was a pool heater. In this case, the ending was far more tragic. The people poisoned were children, and one child actually died.

Another hotel carbon monoxide poisoning story took place in Boone, North Carolina. An older couple died in a room that was located above a mechanical room that included the pool heater. This wasn’t the first death either. An 11-year-old boy died earlier that year in the same room. You would think that would be the warning/wake up call necessary to install carbon monoxide detectors near the room or fix the pool heater. Read more about the story here: http://www.wsoctv.com/news/local/state-investigators-pool-area-boone-hotel-where-3-/334955293

This case in the Michigan hotel carbon monoxide poisoning did not result in a death. Hopefully, this is a sign that people are starting to become more aware of the signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. That is one way to protect yourself from the deadly gas. Other ways include installing carbon monoxide detectors where the people are, and also making sure equipment is maintained and serviced regularly.

Carbon monoxide poisoning can manifest itself in different ways. Sometimes people with heart conditions will experience sharp chest pains. Other times, it mimics the flu or food poisoning: lightheadedness, nausea, perhaps vomiting, confusion. If you feel sick and suspect carbon monoxide poisoning, get to fresh air immediately and call for help. If you are not feeling sick, but suspect carbon monoxide poisoning, make sure you open windows and ventilate the area. You might also call (800) 222-1222, American Association of Poison Control Centers, available 24 hours every day. But if you do start to feel sick, get to fresh air immediately and call for help. High levels of carbon monoxide can overcome you in minutes.

When you seek medical attention, the doctors will probably take your carboxyhemoglobin levels. This will tell you how much carbon monoxide is in your blood. Carbon monoxide displaces oxygen in the blood. Hemoglobin is the protein that carries oxygen around, but carbon monoxide binds to hemoglobin with 200 times the affinity of oxygen. The doctors might also put you on 100 percent oxygen. You may be placed on either normobaric or hyperbaric oxygen. Normobaric is “normal” pressure levels. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is usually reserved for people with the highest levels of carbon monoxide in the blood. However, this treatment is most effective in reducing cognitive problems after the poisoning. This treatment actually affects patients in this way, regardless of severity of poisoning. Hyperbaric oxygen is the best known treatment of carbon monoxide poisoning. Other treatments that will hopefully prevent or treat the brain injury that can be caused by carbon monoxide poisoning will hopefully be explored further and regulated so it can be brought to market.

Kansas City Carbon Monoxide Kills Two

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You would never expect carbon monoxide poisoning while driving your car. But the Kansas City carbon monoxide poisoning that killed two people proves that assumption wrong. They were found dead in their car in a Walmart parking lot in Kansas City.

Tragedy struck in the Kansas City carbon monoxide poisoning that occurred last weekend, according to KSN.com. Two people in Kansas City, Kansas died of carbon monoxide poisoning in a Walmart in the parking lot. They were found dead in the parking lot Sunday morning, and the police chief announced the cause of death on Twitter Tuesday.

A later tweet said that he was not sure what caused the build up of the dangerous gas, but he thought that it might have to do with an exhaust issue.

The kind of car was a sports utility vehicle (an SUV). Earlier this year, I read about police Ford Explorers that were having a carbon monoxide issue. People were experiencing problems while driving with symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning and even driving off the road. Read more here: http://www.lawenforcementtoday.com/police-suffering-carbon-monoxide-poisoning-driving-ford-explorer/.

It’s not clear what kind of SUV the victims were driving, but carbon monoxide poisoning is definitely a possibility when driving an SUV. When these problems arise, carmakers should place small carbon monoxide detectors in the cars to let the drivers know that the levels are too high for prolonged periods of time and are dangerous. This would be an easy, inexpensive fix to a dangerous, deadly problem.

The problem with carbon monoxide is that it can look like other things. It causes lightheadedness, nausea, vomiting, and confusion. This can be mistaken for the flu or food poisoning. Maybe they were pulling over because they felt nauseous, but they never thought that the car was what was killing them.

The police officer in Texas was driving his Ford Explorer when he began to feel nauseous. He hit a curb, and then called for help after these signs. He was taken to the hospital. Many other incidents have occurred, and the police are not happy with Ford’s lukewarm response.

Ford Explorers are a very popular car, with around one million on the road. Customers report smelling fumes not being exhausted properly, which can make riders and drivers very sick. One police officer in Newport Beach, CA nearly died because of crashing after carbon monoxide poisoning. This is a dangerous situation for not only police officers but civilians who own the Ford Explorer.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) launched an investigation last July. The number of complaints currently number in the hundreds. And although the car company might try to minimize the hazards, they are more real than ever for the people who have experienced it. It is a true shame that two people had to die from a possible exhaust problem in Kansas City. Hopefully, this might raise awareness about the problem, and something might be done.

Three Hospitalized In Chicago Condo Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

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A mid-rise condo was the site of this recent Chicago condo carbon monoxide poisoning. Three workers were taken to the hospital after operating a gas-powered pressure washer in the parking garage.

Three workers were hospitalized after using a gas-powered pressure washer in this Chicago condo carbon monoxide poisoning, according to CBS Local. They were operating it in the parking garage, causing the entire condo to be evacuated.

It is never a good idea to run a gas-powered engine indoors. The workers apparently thought that the open overhead doors were giving them enough ventilation. The three workers were able to walk out just fine, but they were taken to the hospital as a precaution. The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include dizziness, confusion, and nausea. Carbon monoxide can sometimes cause chest pains in some people.

In addition, carbon monoxide can cause brain damage. The lack of oxygen starves the parts of the brain that are located at the end of the blood flow route. The gas also causes an excess of glutamate to hang out in the brain. This neurotransmitter is actually deadly to neurons.

The most vulnerable parts of the brain are the hippocampus and the corpus callosum. The hippocampus controls memory. The corpus callosum controls coordination between the right and left brain. This is why we see problems with memory and problems with balance and coordination crop up in patients after carbon monoxide poisoning.

The initial dizziness and nausea is not the only thing you have to worry about as a carbon monoxide poisoning survivor. Additional symptoms can appear in the days and weeks following the poisoning, which is referred to as delayed neurological sequelae (DNS).

This Chicago condo carbon monoxide poisoning sent three to the hospital. If anyone else is experiencing symptoms that was in the condo, they should go see a doctor. The firefighters found levels of carbon monoxide both in the condo and the parking garage, but the levels were obviously higher in the parking garage where the pressure washer was being operated.

It’s possible that other people may have been affected by the carbon monoxide poisoning. The workers would have obviously been affected the most, because they were closest to the source of the carbon monoxide. But airflow into the garage can send the carbon monoxide into the building. The condo was evacuated. Meaning people in the condo could have been affected by the carbon monoxide.

Nobody else was taken to the hospital, so the symptoms must not have been obvious. However, sometimes the damage is subtle. The news article did not say how high the levels of carbon monoxide were in the garage or in the condo itself.

Using a small gas-powered engine indoors can be deadly. For example, a farmer died from carbon monoxide poisoning after using a pressure washer to clean his barn. He was overcome by the gas after about 30 minutes of work. More information on this can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Tool designers should make tools that can be operated safely indoors. And dangerous tools should always have a clear warning label that tells of the hazards of carbon monoxide poisoning, that it can be deadly.

East Harlem Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Kills Elderly Couple

A time meant for celebration, Easter Sunday, was a nightmare for the daughter of an elderly couple in East Harlem, New York. The elderly couple was found dead following the East Harlem carbon monoxide poisoning possibly due to a defective stove.

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The East Harlem carbon monoxide poisoning was possibly caused by a defective stove. Gas-powered stoves can be a danger with respect to carbon monoxide poisoning. It’s important to install carbon monoxide detectors to detect the dangers.

The elderly man was found with his face in a pool of vomit. The levels of carbon monoxide in the apartment were elevated. It did not apparently affect any other apartment units, according to the article on DNA Info Harlem.

The elderly are at particular risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Their symptoms might be mistaken for something else, such as the flu. It is important to keep carbon monoxide poisoning top of mind when they present symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, headaches, confusion and anoxia. They often live alone and may not be especially connected to community resources.

Multiple family dwellings are required to have carbon monoxide detectors. The law only applies to the homes or units with fuel-burning appliances or an attached garage. In 2014, the law in New York began to require carbon monoxide detectors in commercial buildings too.

The couple, 71-year-old Doris Crawford and 80-year-old John Crawford, were married for more than 46 years. It is a sad ending to a long life. It is a shame that this could have been prevented. The easiest way to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning is to install a carbon monoxide detector. They can be purchased inexpensively at the hardware store.

Three off-brand carbon monoxide alarms were considered a safety risk, and Consumer Reports advised not to buy them. These included the Foho YJ-806, the GoChange 882 LCD and the NetBoat WB_H3110061. When buying a carbon monoxide alarm, it’s important to look for the Underwriter’s Laboratory symbol.

Carbon monoxide is a byproduct of combustion that can occur with a gas-powered stove. The gas is not easily detected, as it is colorless, odorless and tasteless. It displaces in an enclosed space that is not well-ventilated.

When you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning, ventilate the space. If you feel sick, call for help immediately and get outside. When carbon monoxide enters your body, it binds to hemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen. It binds to hemoglobin with 200 times the affinity of oxygen. Your brain soon becomes deprived of oxygen, which can cause brain damage. The carbon monoxide also causes an excess of glutamate, a neurotransmitter that is toxic to brain cells.

The woman was found sitting nearby the television. It’s possible that the victims were resting because they weren’t feeling well, thinking they had a bug. Maybe they were sleeping, and the symptoms crept up on them. Carbon monoxide can be a particular danger to sleeping victims, because they can fall asleep and never wake up. This is why it’s so important to have a carbon monoxide detector near sleeping and living areas. An alarm hidden in a boiler room which cannot be heard by people can be useless if people don’t hear it.