Monday, November 21, 2011

Miami Beware: Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Leading Cause of Poisoning Deaths According to New CDC Study

This week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued its report on deaths by poison in this country, and it has been confirmed that carbon monoxide poisoning is the leading cause of unintentional poisoning deaths in the United States.

Hundreds of people die each year from inhaling carbon monoxide without knowing it. Thousands must be hospitalized after breathing these toxic fumes. The CDC numbers are not from exposures that are intended (e.g., suicide attempts or homicides). These are accidents, unintentional breathing of carbon monoxide.

What is carbon monoxide?
Carbon monoxide kills humans and other animals that breath it in. It is a poisonous, toxic gas that is especially dangerous because it is colorless, odorless, and tasteless.

There is no way to know if it is present in a room unless technology helps with a CO monitor.

What are the symptoms of Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning?
If you have inhaled toxic carbon monoxide fumes then you may first experience some or all of the following:
  • headaches
  • nausea
  • light headedness/dizzyness
  • flu-like symptoms (aches, pains, congestion)
Left in the presence of CO, you can lose consciousness and eventually die.

Miami, Do You Need to Worry About This? Yes, You Do.
Carbon Monoxide poisoning does not sound like something that the sunny beach communities of South Florida need to be concerned with, right? Isn't this something that happens to people living in snowy winters trying to stay warm with open ovens or faulty space heaters?

It's true that colder climates do see more heater accidents and CO poisonings due to heating needs, but that doesn't make Miami immune. Florida does get cold in the winter.

By Bryant Esquenazi on August 9, 2011 12:51 PM

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