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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