Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding member andpartner
Deaths caused by carbon monoxide poisoning are preventable tragedies. In
fact, according to a
recent Forbes article, twenty-five states now require that residents have a carbon monoxide
alarm in their home.
The Lauren Project, a non-proft organization for carbon monoxide awareness, follows legislation
for each state and includes a
detailed legislation map of the United States at their website.
According to the
Centers for for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), tens of thousands of people are poisoned and hundreds die each year from
accidentally breathing carbon monoxide. Since carbon monoxide is colorless,
odorless and tasteless, victims usually are not aware of what is happening.
Symptoms of CO poisoning are frequently mistaken for the flu. Those symptoms
include "headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, chest pain,
Listed below is common-sense advice from the
CDC for prevention of carbon monoxide poisoning:
Important CO Poisoning Prevention Tips
- "Never use a gas range or oven to heat a home.
- Never leave the motor running in a vehicle parked in an enclosed or partially
enclosed space, such as a garage.
- Never run a motor vehicle, generator, pressure washer, or any gasoline-powered
engine outside an open window, door, or vent where exhaust can vent into
an enclosed area.
- Never run a generator, pressure washer, or any gasoline-powered engine
inside a basement, garage, or other enclosed structure, even if the doors
or windows are open, unless the equipment is professionally installed
and vented. Keep vents and flues free of debris, especially if winds are
high. Flying debris can block ventilation lines.
- Never use a charcoal grill, hibachi, lantern, or portable camping stove
inside a home, tent, or camper.
- If conditions are too hot or too cold, seek shelter with friends or at
a community shelter.
- If CO poisoning is suspected, consult a health care professional right
Many people mistakenly believe that the smoke detector in their home protects
them from carbon monoxide poisoning also.
Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms are not the same. If your home does not already have a functional carbon monoxide alarm,
a wise investment is readily available at hardware stores. Please be safe.
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About the author:
Mr. Zambri is a board-certified civil trial attorney by the National Board of Trial
Advocates and a Past-President of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan
Washington, D.C. The association recently named him "Trial Lawyer
of the Year" (2011). He has been rated by
Washingtonian magazine as a "Big Gun" and among the "top 1%" of all lawyers in the Washington metropolitan area. The magazine also
describes him as
"one of Washington’s best–most honest and effective lawyers" who specializes in personal injury matters, including automobile accident
claims, premises liability, product liability, medical malpractice, and
work-accident claims. He has successfully litigated multiple cases against
truck and bus companies, the Washington Metropolitan Area transit Authority,
and other automobile owners. His law firm, in fact, has obtained the largest
settlement ever in a personal injury case involving WMATA. Mr. Zambri
has also been acknowledged as one of "The Best Lawyers in America" by
Best Lawyers (2013 edition) and has been repeatedly named a "Super Lawyer" by
Super Lawyer magazine (March/April 2013)– national publications that honor the
top lawyers in America.
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