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Frequently Asked Questions About Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Wyatt Law Firm is a leader in the area of carbon monoxide litigation. We have held employers, landlords, utility companies and other entities liable for their failure to prevent serious injuries and fatalities from CO poisoning.

We handle cases throughout Texas and the United States. Call our San Antonio office at 210-255-2231 for a free consultation if you were negligently exposed to carbon monoxide.

Carbon Monoxide FAQ

What is carbon monoxide?
Carbon monoxide, or CO, is a colorless and odorless gas. (That’s what makes it so deadly.) Carbon monoxide is produced from combustion, such as automobiles, small engines, fireplaces, furnaces, gas ranges and cooking grills. Indoors, CO can build up to a poisonous level.

What are the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning?

Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headache, flulike symptoms, nausea and vomiting, blurred vision, difficulty breathing, chest pain, seizures, and loss of consciousness, though there are others. If you suspect you or a family member have carbon monoxide poisoning, immediately seek medical attention and tell medical personnel about possible CO poisoning. They can test your blood for carbon monoxide levels and administer oxygen treatment if necessary.

Is there treatment for carbon monoxide poisoning?

Treatment for carbon monoxide poisoning includes normobaric oxygen therapy and hyperbaric oxygen therapy, both of which administer 100% oxygen to the patient. Inundating with oxygen increases the speed at which the body processes and excretes deadly carboxyhemoglobin from the blood. Severe CO poisoning cases may also require life support and intensive care.

What do I do if my carbon monoxide detector goes off?

Get out and get to fresh air immediately! Do not assume it is a false alarm! Once you and your family are safe, call the fire department and have them test for carbon monoxide levels in the house. If you present symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning (such as headache, fatigue, nausea, and other flulike symptoms), seek medical attention right away!

What do I do if my smoke detector goes off but there’s no fire?

Many smoke detectors double as carbon monoxide detectors, so get out of the house to fresh air right away! Do not assume it is a false alarm, since carbon monoxide is an extremely toxic gas that can only be detected with special sensors. Call the fire department and have them test the house for carbon monoxide concentrations. Seek medical attention if you present symptoms of CO poisoning, and do not reenter the house until they clear it.

Can you get carbon monoxide poisoning in a hotel?

Many carbon monoxide poisonings occur in hotels that use fuel-burning appliances such as gas-powered furnaces, boilers, and pool heaters. Older hotels are common places for carbon monoxide poisoning, as neglected and malfunctioning appliances emit the lethal gas carbon monoxide that leaks into nearby hotel rooms. Always take a portable carbon monoxide detector with you when you travel, and get out of the building to fresh air if it goes off.

Does my landlord have to install carbon monoxide detectors?

As of April 2018, Texas state law mandates that landlords must install carbon monoxide alarms in apartment buildings and other residential properties that have both sleeping areas and fuel-burning appliances. Gas-burning appliances and improper use of fuel-burning products can cause the deadly gas carbon monoxide to collect in your home, and a carbon monoxide detector can warn you of the invisible danger. Even if your landlord refuses to install carbon monoxide detectors, you should install them yourself. They save lives and are an investment in your own security.

Do I have to install carbon monoxide detectors?

Depending on the building code in your area, you may be required to install carbon monoxide detectors in your home. You should purchase and install carbon monoxide detectors in your home, whether required by the building code in your area or not. Many newer homes are built with carbon monoxide detectors already installed, but it just as crucial to maintain them, as their average lifespan is only a few years.

What is carbon monoxide poisoning?

Carbon monoxide poisoning results from inhaling the highly toxic compound carbon monoxide (CO). The CO bonds to the hemoglobin in the blood, forming the variant carboxyhemoglobin. The prevents the bloodstream from carrying oxygen to the body. When CO levels in the body get too high, the body suffers from hypoxic lack of oxygen and starts to shut down. Carbon monoxide poisoning is extremely dangerous — seek medical attention immediately if you think you have carbon monoxide poisoning!

Get A Free Consultation If You Suffered Carbon Monoxide Exposure

Contact Wyatt Law Firm by calling 210-255-2231. We handle carbon monoxide poisoning cases throughout Texas and the U.S. from our offices in San Antonio.