Carbon monoxide poisoning happens when an individual is exposed to carbon monoxide for an extended period of time.
This can be extremely dangerous to one’s health and in extreme cases, carbon monoxide poisoning can cause death.
Carbon monoxide is a gas produced by burning gasoline, propane, wood, charcoal or other fuel.
Unfortunately, carbon monoxide is colorless, ordourless and tasteless, making it extremely hard to detect without specialized carbon monoxide detectors.
When there is too much carbon monoxide in the air that you are breathing in, your body replaces the oxygen in your red blood cells with the harmful gas. As a result, oxygen is prevented from reaching your tissues and vital organs which can be fatal.
The following are symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning:
What makes carbon monoxide so dangerous is that it has the potential to cause severe harm before it is even detected.
This is especially true in cases where people are either sleeping or intoxicated, as symptoms are similar or may go unnoticed before it’s too late.
Although the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning may be subtle, the condition is considered a life-threatening medical emergency which requires immediate medical attention.
Should you suspect that you or someone you're with may have poisoning, move into an open space with fresh air immediately and contact emergency services.
The release of carbon monoxide takes place when engines and appliances burn fuel. However, the fact that carbon monoxide is released is not the cause for concern, but rather when the burning takes place in an enclosed or semi-enclosed space with improper ventilation.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be life-threatening. Therefore, it’s of utmost importance that all your fuel-burning appliances are properly installed, utilised and maintained.
Our registered gas installers provide professional gas installation services in Cape Town. We ensure that all installations meet the relevant health and safety regulations. We also provide you with a gas compliance certificate once the installation is complete.
Should you suspect that one of your gas appliances is in need of repair or maintenance or in installed incorrectly, please don't hesitate to contact us.
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