Sources of carbon monoxide that caused one-time poisonings (acute CO poisoning)
Sources of carbon monoxide are everywhere. So are the circumstances that can cause carbon monoxide levels to rise above normal, resulting in one-time
poisoning (acute CO poisoning).
Real sources of carbon monoxide that caused one-time poisonings:
Furnaces and gas appliances are sources of carbon monoxide:
- A furnace is improperly installed and becomes a deadly source of carbon monoxide in the home. A family is
Vehicles are sources of carbon monoxide:
- A group of friends socialize in a vehicle in a parking lot on a cold winter day. The car is left running
and a small hole in the exhaust system becomes a source of carbon monoxide into the car. All are severely
- A vehicle is started and left idling in the garage. The source of carbon monoxide vents exhaust gases into
the home through the connecting walls. All in the home are poisoned.
- A person attempts carbon monoxide suicide by sitting in their
running vehicle in a closed garage.
- A man drives home in winter. His vehicle is unable to climb an icy hill near his home and slides backward
into a ditch, getting stuck in the snow. Unharmed he walks to his nearby home. The next morning he calls a tow
truck and walks to his vehicle. It is cold so he starts his vehicle while waiting for the tow truck. When it
arrives the man is found dead. The accident caused compacted snow to freeze around the exhaust system, blocking
it from venting properly. Carbon monoxide entered the vehicle and poisoned the owner without him ever realizing
it was happening.
Boats are sources of carbon monoxide:
- A family spends the day boating and floating out on the water. The battery is drained by the stereo and the
motor is started to recharge the battery while everyone swims near the swim platform. All are sickened from
carbon monoxide exposure.
- A father launches the family power boat and starts the motor. He suddenly realises he did not put the plug
in the boat and it will sink. As it is a hot day he dives into the water with the plug. He breaths air in the
area close to the running motor (the source of carbon monoxide). He is seriously sickened by his carbon
Power outages and natural disasters can create unfamiliar "sources of carbon monoxide":
- A generator started near a home and left running near an open window. All in the home are
- It is a cold day and there is a power outage. A family uses their camping stove to cook dinner in their
home. All are poisoned.
Work place sources of carbon monoxide
- A farm worker dies of carbon monoxide poisoning while using a gasoline powered pressure washer to clean a
barn. He had been exposed for only about 30 minutes.
- A employee at an indoor water treatment plant loses consciousness while working in a large room with a
gasoline-powered pump. The doors were wide open in the work area.
- Five workers are treated for carbon monoxide poisoning after using gasoline-powered pressure washers in an
- A plumber used a gasoline-powered concrete saw in a basement with open doors and windows. He experiences a
severe carbon monoxide headache and dizziness and displays
Camping sources of carbon monoxide
- A family on a camping trip uses their camp stove to warm up their tent on a cold night. All are seriously
poisoned. Even the most unlikely sources of carbon monoxide can cause serious CO poisoning.
Other sources of carbon monoxide
- A furnace vents its exhaust between two commercial buildings. The installation of a new air conditioning
system in the hotel next door sucks carbon monoxide into the hallways and guest rooms. Everyone in the area is
Some jobs have a higher risk of CO
poisoning as they involve being around sources of carbon monoxide.
Over time, survivors of one-time carbon monoxide poisoning may find that additional symptoms reveal themselves in several ways.
For every survivor there is healing journey that must be travelled on the road ahead. Their carbon monoxide
poisoning may turn out to a nasty scare and a brush with death.
We wish it were that way for all survivors but it is not. The carbon monoxide poisoning itself may only be the
begining of a long hard journey on the road to carbon monoxide
recovery. Their life may never be the same.
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