Carbon monoxide, or ‘blue smoke,’ kills at least 3 in Ottawa

Romeo Sinclair reports on Monday from Toronto that a new wave of carbon monoxide poisoning has been seen in some parts of the city and has sent eight adults to the hospital. The news…

Carbon monoxide, or ‘blue smoke,’ kills at least 3 in Ottawa

Romeo Sinclair reports on Monday from Toronto that a new wave of carbon monoxide poisoning has been seen in some parts of the city and has sent eight adults to the hospital. The news agency covers the story of how the Ottawa Public Health department reported the news of recent deaths and hospitalizations in the city. The Ottawa Post explains that Ottawa Public Health reports reported the news of the latest deaths and hospitalizations on August 10.

Three families have died from carbon monoxide poisoning, according to Ontario’s Department of Health on Thursday. In total, Ottawa Public Health said there were 731 confirmed cases of carbon monoxide poisoning to date this year. Over 100 additional cases have come in and 33 are being investigated. What is carbon monoxide?

U.S. News reports that most Americans think of carbon monoxide poisoning primarily as a health issue. However, in fact, exposure to carbon monoxide can be an insidious threat to everyone.

Carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas which is produced when combustion of fuel use is incomplete. A primary reason why it is deadly is that it combines with oxygen in the air to form poisonous “blue smoke” which can pass right through the lungs into the bloodstream, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This form of poisoning is most prevalent in indoor construction like furnaces, fireplaces, wood stoves, and use of appliances with carbon monoxide disposal systems. It can be up to 21 times more deadly than natural gas fumes or the toxic gas seeping into your home from leaks in your basement or elsewhere. Carbon monoxide is produced in up to 90 percent of all motor vehicles in Canada and the United States and most cars would not be safe if gasoline burners were not replaced with exhaust CO2 treatment systems, according to the World Health Organization.

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