Protect Yourself from the Various Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Causes

Carbon monoxide poisoning causes can include various circumstances such as leaks from or a misuse of a variety of objects in our everyday lives. Our San Diego, CA-based law firm has been representing carbon monoxide poisoning victims for years. Here at San Diego Injury Lawyer we know the devastation that carbon monoxide poisoning can have on the victim and their family. To help you avoid disaster, we would like to provide you with important information on the causes of carbon monoxide poisoning to help keep you and your loved ones safe.

Why Knowing CO Poisoning Causes is Important

When too much carbon monoxide (CO) is in the air you breath, your body replaces the oxygen in your red blood cells with CO. As a result, oxygen does not adequately reach your tissues and organs, putting you at risk for serious injury and death. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless, and tasteless gas. Since it is nearly impossible to detect with our senses, is important to remain alert for potential CO leaks in your home to protect your family from CO poisoning.

When carbon monoxide can be poisonous

Carbon monoxide is naturally produced when organic compounds (such as gas, oil, coal and wood) are burned. We use fuel-burning products, such as vehicles and household appliances, on a daily basis. Normally the amount of CO produced by fuel-burning products is not cause for concern. However, when CO is emitted in a closed or partially enclosed space, it can build to dangerous levels. This is why it is critical that fuel-burning devices and household appliances be properly installed and maintained, and used as directed.

Possible Sources of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

We have provided examples of common fuel-burning engines and appliances that emit CO, and when and how they can be dangerous.

  • A running car in the garage is one of your biggest risks for CO poisoning. This is especially so if the garage door is closed.
  • Gas stoves and range tops are common sources of CO in a house. Incorrect installation, defective appliances, or older appliances with damage to the burner system can increase risk of a CO leak. The best way to reduce CO risk is to have regular maintenance performed, and regularly clean the range top, oven cavity, and burners.
Frequent inspection and regular maintenance should greatly reduce your chance of a CO problem.
  • Furnaces and water heaters can produce carbon monoxide due to a mechanical failure. Improper installation, damage (often from flooding), and pilot lights can all produce excess CO. Frequent inspection and regular maintenance should greatly reduce your chance of a CO problem.
  • Grills, barbecues, and hibachis can cause CO poisoning when used indoors or in partially enclosed areas. It is important to never grill inside a home, and to do so at a distance from windows, and to keep nearby windows closed.
  • A chimney that is blocked or has cracked masonry can cause carbon monoxide to vent into your home. Periodic inspection can prevent problems, as well as a screen cap at the top to prevent blockage from bird nests.
  • Fireplaces, either wood-burning or gas-powered, are a common source of carbon monoxide in the home. Only burn firewood, make sure the damper is open, and if possible, keep a window open when using the fireplace. Also, leave the flue open, even if the fire is almost out. Smoldering embers can produce a high concentration of carbon monoxide.

This is not a complete list of items that can cause CO poisoning, but represent the more common causes of CO poisoning.

Legal Help for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Cases

If you or a loved one have suffered carbon monoxide poisoning, you can reach out to San Diego Injury Lawyer to learn your next legal steps. Call us today at (858) 413-9228, or reach out to us online to schedule a complimentary consultation.