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Can you get carbon monoxide poisoning from diesel semi trucks?
This is possible, but unlikely. Diesel engines detonate fuel using pressure and temperature, rather than with an artificial spark. This process operates with excessive oxygen, ensuring a much more complete combustion than what is typical in a gasoline engine. Typically, diesel exhaust contains some carbon monoxide, but the amounts are very minimal and not fatal for an otherwise healthy person. The author of this answer used to work as an over-the-road truck driver, and once had an experience where a neighboring truck was basically pumping diesel fumes straight into the sleeper vent all night. The inside of the sleeper was all hazy and the diesel odor was extremely strong, but it did not cause any health problems beyond teary eyes. It is completely possible to get carbon monoxide poisoning from a diesel engine in a road tractor. Contributing factors such as weather, temperature, and engine condition can greatly affect the chance of carbon monoxide poisoning. A good example of this is that a driver in a truck with an exhaust problem when it is cold and raining is at greater risk than the same person in the same truck on a sunny day. The reason for this is the barometric pressure holds the carbon monoxide closer to the ground and allows it to enter the truck.
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it reduces the blood's ability to tranport oxygen
The human body depends on oxygen for the burning of fuel (food) to provide the energy that allows cells to live and function. Oxygen makes up approximately 21% of the at…mosphere, and enters the lungs during breathing. In the lungs it combines with a blood component called hemoglobin. When saturated with oxygen, it is called oxyhemoglobin. After being carried by the bloodstream to the cells of the body, oxyhemoglobin releases oxygen to the body tissues. Carbon monoxide is dangerous because it bonds much more tightly to the hemoglobin than does oxygen. Once hemoglobin combines with carbon monoxide to form carboxyhemoglobin, its ability to combine with oxygen is competely lost. As more carboxyhemoglobin is formed, the amount of oxygen carried to the cells and organs in the body decreases. Carbon monoxide starves the blood of oxygen, literally causing the body to suffocate from the inside out. When the carboxyhemoglobin concentration reaches a certain level, people get nauseous, become unconscious, and ultimately die. How quickly symptoms appear depends upon the concentration, or parts per million (ppm) of carbon monoxide in the air and the duration of exposure. A person's size, age and general health are also factors in how quickly effects of the gas will become evident. Since oxygen and carbon monoxide are approximately the same density, they mix equally well in air. Therefore most alarms measuring carbon monoxide can be placed anywhere in a room.
Headache, Nausea, Vomiting, Dizziness, Disorientation. Sometimes confused with a stomach virus or "flu like symptoms." Carbon Monoxide poisoning can be deadly.
Carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas, which makes it very dangerous. It can be found in gas fumes, such as from a car exhaust or gas powered heater. It causes heada…che, dizziness, weakness, nausea and vomiting. At higher levels, it can cause chest pain, confusion, loss of consciousness, and death from lack of oxygen. You will be unconscious within just a few breaths, and dead in less than 3 minutes! The carbon monoxide molecules stick to your red blood cells and block the oxygen from getting to your cells, so you suffocate even though you are breathing air. Oddly, the blood cells turn a bright, healthy red color, so doctors can recognize carbon monoxide poisoning because the dead person looks pink and healthy! A little more. . Symptoms of CO poisoning are the same as for hypoxia -- which in a way it is. These include: . Confusion and lethargy . Headache . Dimness and/or narrowness of vision . Syncope . Depressed respiratory function . Cardiac arrhythmia's . Death . Cherry red lips, gums, conjunctiva, finger nail beds. . What's happening is this: The respiratory pigment, hemoglobin, is the complex molecule that bonds to oxygen and carries it through your body to various organs that require O 2 . When hemoglobin is bonded to oxygen, it appears as a bright, vibrant red. When it's unbonded, it's a dark red -- almost a purple/blue. . Carbon Monoxide or CO bonds to hemoglobin about 20 times more efficiently than O2, hence the bright red cherry coloration of the blood. This blocks oxygen transport, and eventually causes death by hypoxia. . Breathing pure CO can kill very fast, but this rarely happens as pure CO isn't all that easy to find. It's a gas resulting from incomplete combustion. This would include car exhausts, using your BBQ indoors, and various other incomplete forms of combustion. As such, at lower concentrations, death may take a while. . Best treatment is hyperbaric O 2 (I seem to recall 2 atmospheres being ideal but I'm not certain.). If you don't have the hyperbaric chamber, adminsiter oxygen and prepare for CPR with O2 if you can.
Yes, carbon monoxide is a poisonous and very dangerous gas.
Your red blood cells bond to the oxygen when you breath. When you inhale carbon monoxide, it bonds with your red blood cells permanently. With this your red blood cells can …not carry oxygen and you suffocate.
Yes, you can if you breath the exhaust fumes in an enclosed space where fresh air is not available.
Difficulty Breathing And Strong Allergic Reactions. Like Skin Abnormalities And Very Rarely Hair Reduction. Also Carbon Monoxide Can Cause You To Smell Very Strangely And Last…ly Carbon Monoxide Can Cause Blindness In Some People.
Carbon monoxide is produced by incomplete combustion of hydrocarbons. Haemoglobin in your blood is not a stable compound, such that it can transport oxygen around your body…. What carbon monoxide does is to react with the haemoglobin to form carboxyhaemoglobin, which is a stable compound, and you wouldn't get enough oxygen, which then you die of asphyxiation (if I didn't forget anything).
Initial treatment would be removal from the poisonous environment and conducting CPR. Following this, the main medical treatment for CO poisoning is administering pure oxygen …through a sealed mask; this helps remove the CO from haemoglobin and enable it to function properly. read below, and try to prevent from happening again!! The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning- As Reported recently by ABC NEWS (ABC 6 NEWS) -- Investigators looking into the deaths of two people at a home in rural Freeborn County say that at this point they have not ruled out carbon monoxide poisoning as the cause of those deaths. But with the weather we've been having so far this winter, the danger of CO poisoning is going up. "Carbon monoxide is a tasteless, colorless, odorless gas," explained a well known Fire Chief. And there are potential sources all around us. "Like your hot water heater, your stove, furnace, anything that has natural gas, propane, kerosene or anything like that," he added. And if those appliances malfunction or aren't vented properly, the result can be carbon monoxide. "Make sure they're serviced annually, your furnaces, your hot water heater, check your chimney," said the Fire Chief. Part of the problem with CO poisoning is that you might mistake it's symptoms for the flu: "You might feel sort of nauseous, get a headache, just feel kind of out of the ordinary," explained one expert."It's that time of the year anyway and you don't really put two and two together and then it's too late." "Carbon monoxide accumulates in the body and pretty soon it can replace the oxygen in the blood, and that's when you have your fatalities," added the Fire Chief. It could be an investment of a few dollars that helps cut into the estimated 500 people who die of unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning in the US every year. What Carbon Monoxide Does to You Too much carbon monoxide in your blood can and will kill you. Most of us know to try to avoid this. It is also a fact that low-level exposure to this gas also endangers your health. The side-effects that can result from this low-level exposure include permanent organ and brain damage. Infants and the elderly are more susceptible than healthy adults, as are those with anemia or heart disease. The symptoms of low-level carbon monoxide poisoning are so easily mistaken for those of the common cold, flu or exhaustion, that proper diagnosis can be delayed. Because of this, be sure to see you physician about persistent, flu like symptoms, chronic fatigue or generalized depression. If blood levels of carbon monoxide are found to be high, treatment is important. Meanwhile, it makes good sense to put heating system inspection and maintenance on your annual get-ready-for winter list. Prevention is the best cure. Using gas: Natural gas is a clean burning fuel. The fumes produced contain high levels of water vapour leading to more condensation. The vapors also contain chlorides which results in the more corrosive conditions for the chimney flues. This means the chimney flue can either plug up completely or deteriorate quicker than normal. Using oil: Oil flues need to be cleaned and checked every year because deposits of soot may build up on the interior walls of the chimney. Soot is made up of carbon therefore if there is any amount of build-up, you are at a higher risk of having carbon monoxide in your home. It is important to pay attention to your fireplace, no matter what you use to fuel it. Gas and oil may force carbon monoxide into your home. Carbon monoxide is known as the "silent killer" because the symptoms are similar to that of the flu and many people choose to ignore it. Serious effects can be caused by short-term exposure at high levels or by long-term exposure at low levels. . In either case, the situation can be quite serious, therefore all possible preventative measures should be taken to avoid unnecessary exposure. How to fix the problem- Quite simply, the best way to eliminate the possibility of carbon monoxide leaking thru your chimney is to re-line the chimney creating a seamless vent up and out of your house. Chimney Liner Depot has all of the tools necessary for the homeowner to save thousands of dollars and do this project themselves. From how to videos on the website to their technical support department, Chimney Liner Depot has made it possible for tens of thousands of homeowners to not only protect their family, but do it in a cost effective way.
All carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning is the same, regardless of the source. We presume you mean from diesel exhaust. CO replaces oxygen in red blood cells and causes oxygen de…privation. In advanced cases it leads to brain damage, the same as from drowning or other forms of suffocation. Immediate treatment involves removing the patient from the presence of CO, and administering oxygen. If a pressure chamber is available, pure oxygen under pressure can overcome some of the problems until the CO is cleared from the body over time. If there is brain damage, it is no more "curable" when caused by carbon monoxide poisoning than from any other source. Time and rehabilitation may lead to improvement.
Although most CO poisoning is acute, or sudden, it is possible to suffer from chronic CO poisoning. This condition exists when a person is exposed to low levels of the gas ove…r a period of days to months.
Only in a garage or shed. On the road the CO disperses quickly.
It cannot be detected (it is a odourless, colourless and tastless gas). However, CO binds with haemoglobin (in red blood cells) much more easily than O2 and it is irreversible…. Thus, when a person breathes in too much CO, there won't be enough haemoglobin to carry O2, and that can kill him/her in the space of 25 minutes if not treated immeadietly.
Yes, diesel exhaust may contain CO if not enough air is supplied to the combustion chamber. If sufficient air is present the carbon is oxizied to carbon dioxide.
Not keeping an area well ventilated can lead to accidental CO poisoning, especially in areas such as small garages.