When can carbon monoxide levels rise rapidly?
Carbon monoxide levels in a persons body and bloodstream can rise in any situation where a person (or animal)
breathes air containing higher than normal levels of carbon monoxide.
The instant a person is exposed to a higher than safe level of
carbon monoxide in the air they breath, they will begin to be starved of oxygen and start being poisoned as
carbon monoxide levels in their blood stream rise above normal. It then becomes a question of how serious the poisoning
Carbon monoxide levels rise in 'zones and corridors'
Carbon monoxide levels rise in and around parking lots that have spikes in vehicle traffic such parkades and
parking lots at major events. These create zones of elevated carbon monoxide and pollution.
Busy highways and roadways, particularly those close to dense areas and large buildings create "corridors" of
elevated carbon monoxide levels and pollution.
Newer buildings increase the risk of rising carbon monoxide levels
Modern buildings are much more airtight which allows carbon monoxide levels in the air to rise fast if there is
a nearby source of carbon monoxide.
Carbon monoxide poisoning occurs most often indoors, in semi-enclosed spaces and in confined spaces.
Cold weather increases the risk of rising carbon monoxide levels
The largest numbers of poisonings occur in winter when fireplaces, furnaces and boilers are being used to keep
Vehicles are also left idling more during winter. This creates circumstances that can easily cause carbon
monoxide levels to rise within a vehicle and the surrounding area (such as a garage).
During winter, doors and windows are shut to keep the heat in and the cold out. This can easily trap unsafe
carbon monoxide levels in a home, vehicle or work area.
The instant carbon monoxide is unable to properly vent outside or disperse into the atmosphere the carbon monoxide levels in the air can rise dangerously.
Power outages increase the risk of rising carbon monoxide levels
Power outages and natural disasters greatly increase the carbon monoxide risk as people are placed in unfamiliar
circumstances using unfamiliar equipment.
Generators increase the risk of rising carbon monoxide levels
Gasoline and diesel electric generators add to the number of poisonings, especially when used by people that are
unfamiliar with the equipment.
Many generator carbon monoxide poisonings occur during power outages and natural disasters. The number of
poisonings continues to rise as generators become less expensive and more common.
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