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Where should u place carbon monoxide detectors? Near sleeping areas, but near baseboard or up higher? I've read contradictory opinions when "Googling"

Where should u place carbon monoxide detectors? Near sleeping areas, but near baseboard or up higher? I've read contradictory opinions when "Googling"

Anywhere.: They may be placed anywhere. The density of CO is so close to that of air that it does not layer. See http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21536403 J Emerg Med. 2012 Apr;42(4):478-82. doi: 10.1016/j.jemermed.2011.03.015. Epub 2011 May 4. ...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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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 are people poisoned by carbon monoxide?

How are people poisoned by carbon monoxide?

Treacherous: I trust you are not a smoker. A faulty home heater can kill an entire family in their sleep. An old automobile without a catalytic converter can kill a would-be garage suicide as well as his family in the adjacent rooms. Faulty engines in airplanes are infamous. Using the barbecue indoors is a very bad idea. Do not go back into a burning building. ...Read more

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How can carbon monoxide kill you from a car?

How can  carbon monoxide kill you from a car?

Same as from a fire.: :) co displaces 02 (oxygen) from the hemoglobin on red blood cells so they cannot transport oxygen to the tissues of the body. Co binds much more tightly, so takes a long time to come off on its own. Roughly speaking, the body is asphyxiated by lack of available oxygen to the cells that need it. ...Read more

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What's the risk of carbon monoxide in the blood?

What's the risk of carbon monoxide in the blood?

Danger of carbon mon: Carbon monoxide is a toxin affecting the brain.The carbon monoxide displaces oxygen carried by hemoglobin. As a result, damage comes from the lack of oxygen. ...Read more

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How do you prevent carbon monoxide in your house?

Prevent cab-monoxide: Aerate the home and find defect in the house. Good suction above oven and kitchen + good aeration of chimney. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how is carbon monoxide poisonous ?

Can you tell me how is carbon monoxide poisonous ?

Stops oxygen use: Carbon monoxide binds the the part of red blood cells that carry oxygen. As more of those binding sites get clogged with the CO less oxygen is carried to the body's organs. The binding is reversible so once the exposure stops the CO will fall off the hemoglobin after several hours and the red cells will work properly. That's why the treatment for exposure is to give 100% oxygen. ...Read more

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At what rate does carbon monoxide posioning affect you?

Usually hours...: ...Because the concentration of co is not that high, but it binds to the hemoglobin on red blood cells very tightly, so does not come off and builds up over time. Example is news reports of person(s) who slept with co leak & died over night--which is why separate co detectors are recommended (+ smoke detector). High concentration environment could build up more quickly, still likely a few hours. ...Read more

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How are we affected by carbon monoxide? Why does it kill us?

How are we affected by carbon monoxide? Why does it kill us?

Impairs O2 use: 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

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Why would cigarette companies put tar and carbon monoxide in cigarettes?

Why would cigarette companies put tar and carbon monoxide in cigarettes?

Tar unknown: Why tar is in cigarettes is strange. It does not have to be there and i understand there companies that make tar less cigarettes. As to the carbon monoxide it is a by product of all burning and this can not be helped as long as you are going to smoke. ...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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What effects can tar, nicotine and carbon monoxide each have on the body?

What effects can tar, nicotine and carbon monoxide each have on the body?

Each are different: "Tars" are complex hydrocarbons resulting from burning tobacco that are associated with causing cancer in organs that come into contact with them - mouth, throat, larynx, lung, esophagus, stomach and elsewhere. Nicotine produces the physical dependency and much of the heart problems, and carbon monoxide lowers oxygen levels in the body, resulting in fatigue, shortness of breath and high red counts ...Read more

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What should I do if I have carbon monoxide symptoms one day after i was poisoned?

Carbon monoxide: See a doctor. Inhaled oxygen will help clear co, but this should have occurred by now. Sx include dull headache, weakness, dizziness, nausea and vomiting, chest pain, confusion, impaired judgment and irritability, and paranoia or erratic mood swings. This should be entirely reversible. ...Read more