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Pockets of Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide can be found in mines, normally in pockets in poorly ventilated or confined spaces, and once they're opened, the gas can be deadly if inhaled for an extended period of time. In most common mining operations, the common sources for carbon monoxide are combustion engine exhaust and explosives detonation. Within coal mine, carbon monoxide can be produced by the low temperature oxidation of coal, but the level of carbon monoxide can also depend on the characteristics of the coal within the mines. Also, if underground fires and explosives happen, or are used, they may be rare, but they can produce significant volumes of carbon monoxide.

Other Locations of Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide can be found anytime fuel is burned in cars or trucks, small engines, stoves, lanterns, grills, fireplaces, gas ranges, or furnaces.

Carbon Monoxide and Some Risk Factors

Some risk factors with carbon monoxide is being a mechanic, coal miner, and a cook, these jobs can lead to a large possibility of getting carbon monoxide poisoning.

CArbon Monoxide in the daily Life

Examples of Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Carbon monoxide will most likely be present in your life, but in order to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning in the home follow some of these steps:

  • Install a carbon monoxide detector in your home
  • Have your heating system, water heater, and any other gas, oil, or coal burning appliances serviced by a qualified technician annually
  • Don't use a portable flameless chemical heater indoors
  • If there's an odor coming from your gas refrigerator, have an expert service it. That odor may mean that your refrigerator is leaking carbon monoxide
  • When you buy gas equipment, buy only equipment carrying the seal of a national testing agency
  • Make sure your gas appliances are vented properly
  • Have your chimney checked or cleaned every year
  • Never patch a vent pipe with tape, gum, or something else
  • Never use a gas range or oven for heating
  • Don't ever burn charcoal indoors
  • Do not use a portable gas camp stove indoors
  • Never use a generator inside your home, basement, or garage or less than 20 feet from any window, door, or vent.

Other Sources of Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide can come from power generation (Power plants), transportation (Cars, trucks, etc.), industrial sources (Factories), chemical production (Factories or power plants), petroleum production (Factories or power plants), and agriculture practices (If cow manure is used, or gas, coal, or natural gas is burned).

Health and Carbon Monoxide

Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

When inhaled, the carbon monoxide would make the person drowsy and tired. Later on, the person would pass out. They were just unconscious, so the person would continue to inhale the gas, and they continue to breathe the carbon monoxide in until they died. Carbon monoxide killed you because it interferes with how the blood delivers oxygen to the tissues, since the carbon monoxide attaches itself to the hemoglobin within the blood. The cause of death would be chemical asphyxiation, which is lack of oxygen due to a chemical cause.

Carbon Monoxide special Fact

Carbon Monoxide Molecule

Carbon monoxide may sound that it may be denser than the oxygen we breathe in, but in reality, the oxygen we breathe in is actually denser.


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