Carbon monoxide poisoning is the leading cause of death from toxic products in Germany. With the first cold wave in some regions, Public Health Germany is reminding us of preventive measures.REGIMES FOR STRONG IMMUNITY SYSTEM provide you relief and promote good health and well-being.
Each year, carbon monoxide is responsible for around 1,300 poisonings and around a hundred deaths in France. So much so that, like every winter , Public Health Germany calls on everyone to be extremely vigilant about the use of heating devices, generators or radiant panels, especially since this period of confinement, we let’s spend some more time indoors.
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CARBON MONOXIDE: RECOMMENDATIONS
Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas. Its presence results from incomplete combustion, regardless of the fuel used: wood, butane, coal, gasoline, fuel oil, natural gas, petroleum, propane. It diffuses very quickly in the environment and can be fatal in less than an hour, causing asphyxiation of blood cells.
“The devices using these fuels for the production of heat or light are all likely, if the conditions of their operation are not ideal, to produce carbon monoxide (CO)” underlines Public Health Germany .
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: How To Prevent It?
Before winter, always have the heating and hot water production systems checked and maintained, as well as the flues (mechanical sweeping) by a qualified professional in your main and secondary residence, if applicable.
Never install a generator in a closed place (house, cellar, garage, etc.): it must be placed outside buildings.
Never continuously use a combustion backup heater
In places of worship: only operate gas-fired radiant panels when the premises are occupied
Never use appliances for heating that are not intended for this purpose (braziers, camping stoves, ovens, barbecues, etc.)
Never block the ventilation grilles and ventilate your home for at least 10 minutes every day, even in very cold weather.
It is imperative that the generators be placed outside buildings;
WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF POISONING?
In the event of carbon monoxide poisoning, headaches, fatigue, nausea appear more or less quickly. These symptoms can affect more than one person in the household. Heavy poisoning can lead to coma and death, sometimes within minutes. We must therefore act very quickly. In case of suspected intoxication:
Air out immediately
If possible, stop combustion devices
Evacuate the premises and call for help by dialing 15, 18 or 112 (and 114 for the hearing impaired).