Thousands of people succumb to carbon monoxide poisoning the world over every year. Despite spirited efforts at raising awareness to the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning and advising people on ways to prevent it, thousands of these yearly deaths continue to be due to negligent use of fossil fuel burning apparatus and running of car engines in and around closed living spaces. Exposure to carbon monoxide has varying effects on the body depending on the degree of exposure.
What Makes Carbon Monoxide Dangerous?
What Are The Carbon Monoxide Effects On Your Body?
The effects of carbon monoxide poisoning vary and depend on whether the exposure is over a long time or a single incident of extreme or mild exposure.
Common symptoms of exposure have the same attributes as influenza, gastroenteritis and food poisoning. This is why a lot of people miss incidents of mild exposure that occur over sustained periods. Some of the carbon monoxide effects on your body are:
This escalates with exposure to:
The most damage in the body visits those organs that rely on oxygen the most which are the heart and the central nervous system. One of the most effective ways of preventing carbon monoxide poisoning is to install carbon monoxide detectors in the home and workplace. This device requires proper installation and periodic tests and battery replacements in order to ensure the highest degree of protection.