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Carbon monoxide poisoning occurs when carbon monoxide builds up in the blood stream.
We’ve heard several tragic stories of how a whole family got killed by generator fume (carbon monoxide).
One of the several ways this carbon monoxide is produced is by burning gasoline which cars do. It is very dangerous in the sense that you might start feeling the effect when it is too late.
If everything should be normal as it ought to be in your car, carbon monoxide expelled from your tailpipe quickly dissipates to safe levels. But if a number of things go wrong, the safety level won’t remain the same
According to the Centers for Disease Control, 50,000 people are hospitalized each year, and 430 die due to accidental carbon monoxide poisoning.
The best way to avoid being poisoned from carbon monoxide is to prevent every possible exposure to it.
Here are the 4 ways to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning in your car
1. Ensure your exhaust system is functioning properly. Leaks in the exhaust system can give way to carbon monoxide into your car. An exhaust system leak between the engine and the catalytic converter is the most dangerous.
2. Ensure your engine is tuned correctly. An out of tune engine or a malfunctioning emission system can skyrocket the carbon monoxide level.
3. Ensure there are no holes on the floor or trunks of your car. This is particularly dangerous if there is exhaust leak. Danfo people won’t hear this one.
4. Never leave your car running in a close garage. Open your car garage before starting your car.