Only about 30% of American homes have “functioning carbon monoxide alarms.” However, roughly 500 Americans die each year due to carbon monoxide poisoning. Another 20,000 to 30,000 are briefly sickened after breathing in this substance. Furthermore, the effects of this colorless gas are usually most harmful to children. Since carbon monoxide is also odor-free and tasteless, many people aren’t even aware when it’s fully permeated their homes.
Has your child or another family member suffered this type of poisoning, even with a carbon monoxide alarm installed? If this has occurred, you may need the help of experienced Fort Worth product liability attorney Tom Hall. He is board certified in personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He’s been defending injured clients for over 25 years. You can schedule a FREE consultation with Mr. Hall by calling 1-817-831-1600 today.
Additional Information About This Type of Poisoning
- Numerous child poisonings each year. One study found that in just 2009 alone, about 3,500 children (age 19 and under) visited poison control centers due to exposure to this gas. (Even more may have visited hospital emergency rooms that same year);
- Exposure symptoms can vary among individuals. People often mistake carbon monoxide poisoning for other maladies since those afflicted by it may only report drowsiness, nausea or a headache;
- How this gas is often released into your surroundings. Carbon monoxide can be released into your home by heating appliances, portable generators, water heaters, and clothes dryers. Of course, you should also never sit for a long time in a car running inside of a garage since lethal amounts of this gas can be released in that setting. If you need to warm up your car, pull it out of the garage first;
- Two types of alarms are required. Far too many people think they’re safe if they just have either a smoke alarm or a carbon monoxide alarm – you will always need both;
- Limit how you cook indoors. Always avoid using a grill, generator or camping stove inside your home or garage;
- More than one poison alert alarm may be necessary. Be aware that you’ll need a carbon monoxide alarm for each floor of your home. Ask an installer to interconnect them so that if one sounds off, the others will, too;
- Alarm tests. Be sure to test your alarms two or three times a year so you’ll know if they’re still working properly. Buy a new one right away if yours is malfunctioning (unless it’s still under warranty – then immediately trade it in for a new one);
- Motorboats. Be aware that carbon monoxide can “accumulate in and around your motorboat.” Give serious thought to installing an alarm on your boat;
- Check your vents. Make sure that all of the vents serving your home’s furnaces, dryers, fireplaces, and stoves are not blocked with snow or any type of debris;
- Don’t use ovens to heat your home. Never make the mistake of thinking you can safely or cheaply warm up your house by opening up an oven door to help you. Too much of this type of gas may build up in your home if you do that;
- Know what to do when your alarm goes off. Be ready to immediately exit your home, making sure all of your family members are with you. Call 9-1-1 on your cell phone from outside, standing a good distance from your house. Wait for the fire department to provide you with further instructions. If you truly can’t leave your house due to a severe storm or other serious reason, make sure everyone at least goes and stands near open windows.
If you or any other member of your family has recently been seriously injured in any manner, contact the Fort Worth Law Offices of Tom Hall. He is board certified in personal injury trial law and can help properly evaluate your injuries. You can reach him today by calling 1-817-831-1600. Ask to schedule your FREE consultation.