The exposure to carbon monoxide (CO) increases significantly during the winter months. CO is a harmful, colourless, and odourless gas, which gets emitted from heating systems that run-in house during the winter months. This gas gets emanated from an array of things around us including gas stoves, cooking ranges, water heaters, space heaters, automobiles, charcoal grills, furnaces and other heating systems. CO from these fumes gets build-up in the house if there is no adequate flow of fresh air. Once there is a high concentration of CO, it can even cause death within a few minutes.
Older adults with health conditions like breathing difficulties, heart concerns and anaemia are more prone to falling ill when exposed to CO. Moreover, the symptoms of CO exposure are similar to other illnesses like flu and food poisoning.
Once there is CO build-up in the room, the body starts replacing oxygen in red blood cells with CO leading to unconsciousness, tissue damage and death in some cases. So, during winters, ask your elderly to watch out for symptoms like headache, vomiting, weakness, dizziness, confusion, nausea and shortness of breath.
Along with making your elderly aware of the symptoms of CO poisoning, you can deploy the below means to prevent CO exposure.
In addition to the above, it will help if the elderly do not burn charcoal indoors, use solvents like paint and varnish removers or leave a motor vehicle running inside the garage. Along with these tips, you can seek caretaker support if your elderly are living alone. There are general well-being and personal care services that you can avail. These are specific help programs for the elderly. If you need such a support system, then connect with the Samvedna Senior Care team. Seasoned and caring professionals can offer companionship to your elderly and assistance services. Our well-informed and learned professionals will take complete care of your older adult, just the way you will want. Connect with the team and let your elderly enjoy the winter season without worrying about CO and its complexities, we are there to handle it for them.