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Doctor insights on: Carbon Monoxide Alarm Beeping

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What should I do if we wake up to carbon monoxide alarm going off?

Carbon monoxide: Open windows to bring in fresh air. Get out of the house, into the fresh air. Have yoiur house inspected to find the carbon monixide leak and have it fixed. Do not return to your home until the leak is fixed. ...Read more

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Any doctors out there ? Do I need test if carbon monoxide alarm went off?

Any doctors out there ? Do I need test if carbon monoxide alarm went off?

Yes: If a carbon monoxide alarm is going off and suggests a high level you should not stay in your home. Even lower levels are toxic over time. With very high levels call 911. If you rent, immediately call your landlord or building manager. If you own your home, call a heating contractor to test for carbon monoxide and fix your appliance (e.g., stove, furnace, room heater, water heater, etc.). ...Read more

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When is carbon monoxide formed?

When is carbon monoxide formed?

Incomplete combustio: Generally, it's formed from incomplete combustion of fossil fuels. In chemistry, a hydrocarbon should burn in oxygen to carbon dioxide and water. However, other by-products may form such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen, and sulfur containing compounds. Carbon monoxide is dangerous because it preferentially and more tightly binds to hemoglobin molecules than oxygen. Cells can't use co so they die. ...Read more

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How much carbon monoxide is lethal?

How much carbon monoxide is lethal?

50%: This varies, but 50% would be lethal for most people. However, small children, an unborn child, and elderly would be more susceptible to lower doses. Carbon monoxide binds to blood cells causing caboxyhemoglobin which makes the red cell unable to oxygenate. At 10 to 15 % most people will be symptomatic- headache, fatigue, flu like symptoms. As the perecentage increases so do the symptoms. ...Read more

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Does carbon monoxide accumulate in the body?

Does carbon monoxide accumulate in the body?

CO2: Once removed from the carbon monoxide containing environment, there will be a gradual release of the gas over time. It will only accumulate if you remain in the contaminated environment. ...Read more

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Is there a possible way to detect carbon monoxide?

Is there a possible way to detect carbon monoxide?

CO Detector: Carbon monoxide (co) is colorless, odorless, and lethal in adequate concentrations. It requires a specific detector, most of which are independent from a traditional "smoke detector, " but some brands are combination units. They are strongly encouraged for sleeping areas. ...Read more

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How long till you are affected by carbon monoxide?

How long till you are affected by carbon monoxide?

Depends on Concentra: Tion. Symptoms and signs of carbon monoxide poisoning depend on the concentration of the gas in inhaled air and length of exposure. At a concentration of 4000 parts per million, it is lethal in 30 minutes. ...Read more

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How long could carbon monoxide last in the system?

How long could carbon monoxide last in the system?

Depends on amount,: But, roughly one week if breathing room air, about 6-10 hours if breathing 100% oxygen, and even shorter if provided hyperbaric oxygen treatment (which is 100% oxygen at 2-3 times usual atmospheric pressure). ...Read more

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Is the damage caused by carbon monoxide reversible?

Yes: For the vast majority of carbon monoxide exposures the symptoms are reversible. However, for people who have significant altered mental status the likelyhood of some type of permanent damage is higher. ...Read more

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What are the negative health effects of carbon monoxide?

What are the negative health effects of carbon monoxide?

Hurts O2 delivery: Carbon monoxide acts by keeping red blood cells from picking up oxygen so it hurts you by starving the body for oxygen. Once the co separates off the red cell it starts working again and theprocess stops. If the lack of oxygen was severe enough to cause damage to parts of the body it will take time for that to be repaired, but otherwise there shouldn't be long-term problems. ...Read more

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What is the best meter to detect carbon monoxide in the air?

Check consumer sites: I suggest checking consumer review sites such as consumer reports or consumersearch. You can also see reviews on amazon or get information by talking to a local heating contractor. ...Read more

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What amount time does it take for carbon monoxide to affect you?

What amount time does it take for carbon monoxide to affect you?

Immediate: Carbon monoxide poisons your red blood cells so they can't carry oxygen. It happens immediately and lasts for several hours. Since CO is odorless you don't know you're breathing it until enough is in your system for you to feel symptoms. ...Read more

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Can you tell me where does carbon monoxide come from in your home?

Can you tell me where does carbon monoxide come from in your home?

Combustion: Incomplete combustion yields carbon monoxide instead of carbon dioxide--so anything that burns--gas water heater, gas stove, running car in garage, propane heater, fireplace, candles, etc. This is why the venting / exhaust handling is so meticulous and should be periodically inspected to be sure it is not obstructed, and service checks for operating efficiency so as little co as possible is made. ...Read more

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Help please? How much time does it take for carbon monoxide to affect you?

Help please? How much time does it take for carbon monoxide to affect you?

Instantaneous: Carbon monoxide does damage by binding to red blood cells, causing them to not be able to carry oxygen. It happens as soon as the CO contacts the blood and it will stay attached to the hemoglobin in the blood for many hours. It is reversed much faster when the person is treated by breathing 100% oxygen. It's normal to have a little CO in the blood - smokers have up to 15% (40% is lethal) ...Read more