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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Sometimes stories about CO poisonings do have some humor, well sort of.

A story out of Islamabad talks about the dangers of CO poisoning from Gas Geysers in bathrooms. Over 100 poisonings were reported last year. Here are some short excerpts:
1. Altering the temperature frequently while the geyser is on can lead to incomplete combustion,
2. LPG cylinders attached with instant geysers contain mixtures of hydrocarbon gases that are extremely inflammable.
3. Health experts say that the gas geyser should not be switched on after locking the bathroom from inside, ventilation should be kept open and gap should be maintained between two people taking bath to avoid increase in the carbon monoxide density.
4. Dr. Haroon said in case of gas leakage and or stay for longer period of time in a bathroom that is not well ventilated carbon dioxide gas is retained in the body and oxygen levels deteriorate to dangerous limits causing permanent brain damage and death.

Oh yes, a gas geyser is not a big fart, it is an instantaneous water heater.

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  • ChrisJ
    ChrisJ Member Posts: 13,876
    captainco said:

    Sometimes stories about CO poisonings do have some humor, well sort of.

    A story out of Islamabad talks about the dangers of CO poisoning from Gas Geysers in bathrooms. Over 100 poisonings were reported last year. Here are some short excerpts:
    1. Altering the temperature frequently while the geyser is on can lead to incomplete combustion,
    2. LPG cylinders attached with instant geysers contain mixtures of hydrocarbon gases that are extremely inflammable.
    3. Health experts say that the gas geyser should not be switched on after locking the bathroom from inside, ventilation should be kept open and gap should be maintained between two people taking bath to avoid increase in the carbon monoxide density.
    4. Dr. Haroon said in case of gas leakage and or stay for longer period of time in a bathroom that is not well ventilated carbon dioxide gas is retained in the body and oxygen levels deteriorate to dangerous limits causing permanent brain damage and death.

    Oh yes, a gas geyser is not a big fart, it is an instantaneous water heater.

    I was just about to ask what a geyser is.

    #2, isn't this the entire point of the cylinder?
    #4, should that be Carbon Monoxide, or Dioxide?



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  • captainco
    captainco Member Posts: 735
    It is amazing how many times the media calls it Carbon Dioxide poisoning!
    ChrisJ
  • ChrisJ
    ChrisJ Member Posts: 13,876
    captainco said:

    It is amazing how many times the media calls it Carbon Dioxide poisoning!

    It seems amazing the media gets anything right, at all.
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  • captainco
    captainco Member Posts: 735
    Just ask Meryl Streep, she knows they get it right!!
  • ChrisJ
    ChrisJ Member Posts: 13,876
    captainco said:

    Just ask Meryl Streep, she knows they get it right!!

    Oh sure, I talk to Meryl all of the time, anything else you want me to ask her?

    :D
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  • captainco
    captainco Member Posts: 735
    Ask her if she is moving to another country with any of the other screwballs from HW.
    Solid_Fuel_Man
  • Jean-David Beyer
    Jean-David Beyer Member Posts: 2,666
    You can die from carbon dioxide poisoning too, but it is more difficult. 5000 ppm of CO2 can be fatal. It takes only 100ppm for CO. The real baddies are Phosphine, Arsene, and Hydrogen selenide: 0.05 ppm. Hydrogen cyanide is 10 ppm.