One of the leading causes of accidental death in America is an avoidable poisoning that many believe occurs due to uneducated behavior. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), over 1,500 people die annually of carbon monoxide exposure and an additional 10,000 seek medical attention in clinics and hospitals in cities and towns all over America. Many medical experts and technicians also speculate that the actual estimate of exposure to carbon monoxide is extremely difficult to determine due to the fact that the symptoms of exposure resemble many other common ailments that cause similar side effects. This carbon monoxide or (CO) discharge is the result of the incomplete combustion of fuel, whether it is oil, gas, diesel fuel, coal, wood, kerosene, propane, LP gas, natural gas or any other combustible product in use. CO in its natural state is unfortunately an odorless, colorless, and tasteless toxic gas and as such is deadly to humans and animals when there are exposed.
What is Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?
All living mammals exist because of the oxygen we breath and the process by which that oxygen enters our blood stream and oxygenates all of our internal organs and cells. If the amount of oxygen intake is reduced because of the introduction of a gas such as carbon monoxide, the resulting effect poisons the body causing damage to the internal organs, lungs, and heart that are receiving less oxygen. Depending on the amount of CO that is ingested and the length of exposure that has taken place, will determine the extent of the damage done, and in many cases responsible for the death that occurs. Very low or small levels of carbon monoxide ingestion create shortness of breath, headaches, and nausea. That would equate to a COHB level of 10% or less in the body. Higher levels of COHB, levels of say 30% or greater, produce severe symptoms such as dizziness, confusion, dramatic headaches, fainting, and vomiting. Carbon monoxide poisoning levels of 50% or more cause unconsciousness and death. Due to the abundant use of fuel burning in homes, restaurants, commercial establishments, industrial and manufacturing facilities, carbon emissions are a continual threat, and precaution is warranted. Water heaters, ranges, generators, poorly insulated gas appliances, damaged or blocked chimneys, portable heaters, electrical fires, and automobile, truck, or service vehicle emissions, all contribute to the list of deadly factors. Furnaces, hot water heaters, and gas stoves need to be professionally installed and inspected annually. Proper and adequate ventilation is a must. If any appliance burns natural gas, heating oil, wood or any other kind of fuel, these are potential sources of CO.
Preventative Measures to Protect Against CO Poisoning
Why Choose ESI?
ESI, Emergency Systems Inc. is a 40-year veteran in the security alarm field serving all of North and Central Florida and South Georgia. We regard fire safety as our number one concern and take great pride in educating our clients, installing and professionally monitoring all types of businesses and homes where the burning of fuel can cause CO emissions. ESI has been serving the commercial, industrial and residential communities with award-winning service in a variety of ways.
First, properly installed CO detectors at the source are the most effective form of protecting any fuel-burning apparatus. If an alarm is triggered from a CO detector, one should immediately open windows and doors and vacate the building. Depending on the amount of CO being discharged will determine whether a person will become incapacitated or killed.
You cannot take any chances if this deadly gas becomes present. ESI is a fully licensed, knowledgeable, and professionally trained, commercial security alarm company equipped to handle any fire-retardant system inspection, repair, replacement, or installation.
Give us a call at 904-388-3975 and let one of our security technicians answer any questions you may have.
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