Carbon Monoxide

1524 Words Jul 21st, 2005 7 Pages
Imagine a killer perfect enough to travel through the corridors of your home completely undetectable to the eye of its prey. It can't be heard, can't be smelled, and before you or anyone in your household realizes that something is wrong, it could already be too late. Over ten thousand people fall victim to carbon monoxide poisoning and over one thousand five hundred die per year of this gas so deadly, it is referred to as the "silent killer"("What Is Carbon Monoxide?"). Carbon monoxide, or CO for short, is a flammable, colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that is produced during incomplete combustion of fuel and it's ability to do harm resides within the lack of knowledge and understanding of this gas by society. To remain safe from carbon …show more content…
These cares were equipped with catalytic converters that converted carbon monoxide to carbon dioxide, reducing CO emissions by up to 80 percent. The converters were redesigned again in the 1980s to be even more efficient and thus began the downward trend of CO concentrations in the environment. Between 1986 and 1995, the national average of CO concentration was reduced by 37 percent, while emissions decreased by 16 percent (Baker).
Home safety is definitely an important approach in protecting against hazardous CO levels. "Every home should have a carbon monoxide detector," says Ken Giles, spokesman with the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission, "there are many deaths in the country each year from non-fire-source carbon-monoxide poisoning - most of which could have been prevented with a detector" ("Experts Weigh In On Carbon-Monoxide Detectors"). As for reliability of the detectors, Dr. Neil Hampson states, "They're generally quite reliable now." He also recommends getting the newest in generation detectors with both digital readout and audible alarm meeting the highest standard set by Underwriters Laboratory and International Approval Services. Here are a few suggestions given by United States Environmental Protection Agency on how to maintain a healthy environment at a home ("Carbon Monoxide"):
Keep gas appliances properly adjusted. Consider…