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HindustanTimes Tue,21 Oct 2014

Delhi car deaths: Here's what you should know about carbon monoxide poisoning

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, July 22, 2014
First Published: 15:44 IST(22/7/2014) | Last Updated: 17:09 IST(22/7/2014)

Three men were found dead in a car in south Delhi on Monday in a suspected case of gas poisoning. Police believe they were sitting with the car's engine and AC running, and lost consciousness.

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It is suspected that three subsequently died of carbon monoxide poisoning due to the gas from the AC. We take a look at what carbon monoxide poisoning is all about and what you can do to prevent it:


  •  Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colourless and odourless gas found in incomplete combustion fumes, such as those made by cars and trucks, lanterns, stoves, gas ranges and heating systems.

  •  CO from these fumes can build up in places that don't have a good flow of fresh air – such as cars with windows rolled up, closed rooms, kitchens and garages etc - and cause poisoning.

  •  Common symptoms of CO poisoning are headache, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, chest pain and confusion before loss of consciousness and death.

  •  People who are sleeping or intoxicated can die from CO poisoning before they have symptoms.

  •  If you suspect that you are experiencing CO poisoning, get fresh air immediately.

  •  People with symptoms should be rushed to a hospital Emergency.
 

How to avoid CO poisoning

  •  Never leave a car running in a garage even with the garage door open.

  •  Never run a generator inside your home or garage. Opening doors and windows or using fans will NOT prevent CO build-up inside your the home.

  •  When running a generator outdoors, keep it away from open windows and doors.

  •  Don’t burn coal – stoves, fireplaces - inside closed rooms.

  •  Never use a gas range, oven, or dryer for heating.

  •  Never operate an unvented gas-burning appliance in a closed room or in a room in which you are sleeping.


(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)


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