Unexpected source of poisoning.
Any type of fuel gas such as oil, wood, charcoal or kerosene can all contribute to carbon monoxide poisoning. The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are notoriously difficult to detect but can lead to significant medical issues including chest pain, brain damage and heart problems.
It is important to consult with your doctor as soon as possible if you believe that you or someone you know has been affected by carbon monoxide poisoning. One of the leading causes of carbon monoxide poisoning for Americans today has to do with defective or dangerous appliances. Carbon monoxide is often referred to as the silent killer because it can be very difficult to detect the symptoms.
Boat engines and generators, unfortunately, are a high risk item that could contribute to carbon monoxide poisoning. Extreme caution should always be used in and around any situation in which you are exposed to a houseboat generator or an out boat motor. People often incorrectly believe that being outdoors will give them enough ventilation to avoid dangerous buildup of carbon monoxide gas.
Unfortunately, this is not true. Houseboats in particular can be very dangerous given that there have been more than 300 carbon monoxide incidents associated with houseboats in the last couple of years alone, according to reports by the CDC. Any situation in which alcohol is mixed with carbon monoxide poisoning can amplify symptoms and make things even more difficult for an affected individual.
Be careful when consuming alcohol on your boat, especially if you plan to sleep after consuming it. Falling asleep in the midst of a serious carbon monoxide poisoning issue could mean that you never wake up. This is a dangerous proposition but an important one to remember since carbon monoxide is tasteless, odorless, and very difficult to detect.
Alcohol could also mask the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning until it is too late. If you or someone you know has recently been injured as a result of a defective houseboat generator that contributed to carbon monoxide poisoning, you need to consult with your doctor about the best way to treat the situation. You may also need to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney who can help walk you through the process of filing an injury claim to recover compensation for your damages.
Keep your houseboat safe for use all the time by checking your generator for issues regularly.
Keeping an eye out for carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms could help alert you to a problem as soon as there’s an issue with it. Your houseboat should be a place where you can relax, but a defective generator could become deadly if you’re not careful.
Has a defective houseboat generator put you in the position of talking to a lawyer about filing a personal injury claim? Get help as soon as possible.