Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning/Fatalities

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas. It can be produced when liquid, solid or gas fuel is burned. Carbon monoxide lowers the body's ability to carry oxygen to vital organs such as the heart and the brain. The elderly, young children, infants and people with heart or lung problems are more sensitive to the effects of carbon monoxide. UL-2034 listed CO detectors are not suitable for these individuals because CO levels below 65 ppm (parts per million) are not alarmed within 60 minutes of constant exposure.

Carbon monoxide is a serious issue. The many lawsuits filed regarding CO poisoning and death are a good indicator of the need for better preventative measures in our living spaces. Forensic investigation of many carbon monoxide poisonings or fatalities determines the cause as improper installation, lack of maintenance, and neglect. CO detectors are absent in all instances.

Not everyone is going to die from carbon monoxide exposure, but you can protect yourself from carbon monoxide poisoning. Not using this knowledge could be a dangerous thing. Installing a carbon monoxide detection device in the vicinity of the bedrooms, areas in the home adjacent to an attached garage, and in areas adjacent to any fuel-burning appliances is the way to protect your family from odorless, colorless, poisonous and potentially life-threatening gas.

JPC experts determine the causation by investigating all aspects of the problem from construction, design, and maintenance that has allowed carbon monoxide to enter the habitable space.

Prevention of problems associated with carbon monoxide can be avoided by:

  • Not idling automobiles in enclosed or open garages especially if they're attached to a residence.
  • Never use unvented combustion appliances such as space heaters indoors.
  • Review need for structural drying.
  • Never use barbecues or hibachis’ indoors.
  • Never use gas cooktops or ovens to provide space heating.
  • Install detection devices.

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