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21260 Olinda Trail N. - P.O. Box 7 Scandia, MN 55073
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Indoor Air Quality
Room Humidifiers - Health Concerns
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Controlling Indoor Air Pollution
Biological Pollutants in Your Home
Asthma Causes & Triggers
The 10 Most Dangerous Toxins in your Home
Residential Air-Cleaning Devices - A Summary
Guide to Energy Efficient Heating & Cooling
How to Read the EnergyGuide Label
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Heat Pump Efficiency Tips
Cooling Equipment Efficiency Criteria
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Geothermal Heat Pumps
New Furnace Can Reduce Heating Costs
Saving Energy with a Heating or Cooling System
Related Health & Safety Issues
Carbon Monoxide Detectors Save Lives (CPSC)
Carbon Monoxide Q & A
Low Exposure Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
What Carbon Monoxide Detectors Will & Won't Do
Carbon Monoxide Fact Sheet
Misconceptions about Carbon Monoxide
How and Where Carbon Monoxide is Produced
Symptoms & Management of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Allowable Exposure Levels to Carbon Monoxide
Dealing with Mold
A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, & Your Home
Repairing and Rebuilding from Flood Damage
Safety Tips for Flood Victims
Sample of Manufacturer Response to Flooded Equipment
Flood-Damaged Appliances Should be Replaced
Lead Paint Risk & Requirements During Renovation
Available Tax Credits
Carbon Monoxide is Not Well Understood
Properties, Presence & Detection:
CO is easy to detect.
CO is lighter than air and therefore rises (to the ceiling) and stays there.
CO is not combustible.
CO and natural gas are the same thing.
tell if CO is present because of a peculiar odor that will be present.
A brand new, well designed, perfectly "tuned" heating/cooking device cannot produce toxic/lethal amounts of CO.
Diesel engine exhaust
contains adequate CO to cause harm.
HVAC and gas company personnel
check for CO when performing maintenance/service on home heating systems.
CO will be detected immediately by service personnel if it is present in a home heating system.
When your home CO detector shows low levels of CO, it is probably just an instrument malfunction.
Cracks in heat exchangers are responsible for production of CO.
Home CO detectors/sensors are the best devices to ferret out CO because they react to very low levels of the gas.
CO binding to hemoglobin is irreversible.
CO (caused) hypoxia is no more serious than any other type of hypoxia.
CO poisoning is no more serious than an anemia in which there is a comparable amount of hemoglobin able to carry oxygen.
Small animals (birds, mice, etc.) die more quickly because their hemoglobin binds CO more avidly than that of humans, thus they were used as alarms for CO in mines.
The fetus is protected from CO by the maternal body.
Good COHb measurements can be obtained one day to a week after a person leaves the site of the CO poisoning.
Breathing "clean" air for 2-3 hours will eliminate all CO from the body.
Breathing 100% oxygen for 20-30 minutes will eliminate all CO from the body.
Breathing (filter) masks protect the wearer from inhalation of CO.
The skin, nail beds, etc. of people with CO poisoning are invariably red or pink in color.
Fever is a symptom of CO poisoning.
Nasal congestion, cough and hoarseness are symptoms of CO.
The lungs are inflammed by low to moderate levels of CO and will show pathology on X-rays.
Symptom clusters involving prolonged headache, dizziness, nausea, and fatigue of the whole family should be blamed on viruses, bad food, or group craziness.
Everyone responds to CO in the same way, ie. show the same symptoms.
Even More Misconceptions
Inhalation of 100% oxygen from a
mask or from nasal prongs are recommended best immediate means of removing CO from the body.
Victims of CO poisoning should be released from medical care immediately following 1-2 hours of oxygen treatment, whether or not their symptoms have disappeared.
There is no need for repeat COHb measurements, psychometric tests, or other clinical tests following medical treatment for CO poisoning.
People who recover from CO poisoning are
Depression and personality change never result from CO poisoning.
produces brain damage unless there is a period of unconsciousness.
Low / moderate CO exposure cannot produce brain damage or significant changes in functional performance.
In environments containing CO, the levels of CO
, oxygen and other gases are unimportant in the degree of poisoning.
Physicians receive adequate training in the diagnosis and treatment of CO poisoning in medical school.
Physicians obtain adequate experience with CO poisoning in treating their patients.
Psychiatrists and neurologists are the best medical professionals of choice to determine the extent of CNS damage caused by CO.
High-tech imaging devices (CT, MR, SPECT) always shows areas of brain damage from CO poisoning, if it exists.
Used with permission from the author David G. Penney, PH.D.
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