"Members of the West Essex First Aid Squad arrived on scene
and when they entered the residence, carbon monoxide detectors that they
carry in their medical bags activated - indicating that
dangerous levels of the deadly gas was present in the residence,"
Fairfield Police Officer in Charge Anthony Manna explained.
Manna stated that the source of the carbon monoxide was traced to a faulty hot water heater in the basement; there were no working carbon monoxide detectors in the home.
“This situation emphasizes all too clearly the importance
of having and maintaining smoke and carbon monoxide detectors as
we narrowly averted a tragedy,” Manna commented.
Carbon Monoxide is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas which is produced by appliances that give off combustion fumes, particularly those that burn fuels including:
- Car and truck engines
- Charcoal grills
- Cooking ranges
- Fuel-burning space heaters
- Portable generators
- Water heaters
- Wood-burning stoves
The Fairfield Police Departments wants to alert the public that Carbon monoxide poisoning occurs when an individual inhales too much carbon monoxide and not enough oxygen and at that point serious tissue damage can occur. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include:
- blurred vision
- dull headaches
- loss of consciousness
- shortness of breath
These symptoms can be particularly dangerous for anyone who is asleep or intoxicated.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can lead to:
- Permanent brain damage
- Heart damage and even cardiac complications years after the poisoning