Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Alternate Names : CO Poisoning
What can be done to prevent the condition?
Since CO is odorless and colorless, a person may not realize he or she is around
harmful levels of CO. The following actions can help prevent CO poisoning:
keep appliances in proper working order
use appliances in the right way and have them checked regularly
make sure there is lots of fresh air before using gas-powered engines or chemicals such as
have chimneys checked to be sure the flue is open and connected in the correct manner before
using a fireplace
never leave a car in idle when it is inside a garage
don't sleep in a room with a gas or kerosene space heater if it is not properly vented
install CO detectors in the house as a backup
move into a well-ventilated area if any CO poisoning symptoms develop
call the local gas company if there is a suspected gas leak in the home
What are the long-term effects of the condition?
Long-term effects of CO exposure depend on the extent of the poisoning and how
quickly it is treated. Long-term effects may include damage to the brain, heart, or lungs.
There may also be short-term memory loss. These effects usually improve over time but may be lasting.
What are the risks to others?
Any persons near the person who has CO poisoning may
also have been exposed to the CO, and should be checked by their doctors.