Fall may finally be here in Colorado. Warm days and cool nights mean its time to bring out the warm blankets and sweaters, and turn on the fireplace – inside and out.
It’s also the time when you’ll hear about natural gas poisoning affecting families around the area. Over the summer, gas lines may have cracked or broken while working in the yard, or simply from old age.
Many people are subjected to natural gas poisoning, yet don’t notice any of the warning symptoms before its too late. Natural gas poisoning isn’t limited to your indoors environment; you can be affected just as easily outdoors. As you turn on your gas lines this season, watch for early warning signs in you and your family.
Headaches and dizziness. If you have a headache for more than a day, or you notice it becomes stronger when you linger in one room, or come home from work, you may be in danger. Also watch for headaches in more than one family member.
Nausea. Nausea may become apparent quickly in a closed up room or car as the gas
fumes overtake you.
Breathing difficulties. Gas poisoning decreases your oxygen supply. If you live with a slow, undetected leak for a long period of time, lack of oxygen could eventually lead to seizures.
People exposed to natural gas poisoning for long periods of time may end up with a variety of long term health issues. Epilepsy, pneumonia, memory loss, depression, claustrophobia, seizures, and heart problems have all been reported in patients suffering from natural gas poisoning.
While a strong odor is combined with natural gas to help you detect leaks as they happen, it may not be easy to detect right away. If at any time you detect a rotten egg odor, have it checked out immediately.
[Quality First Plumbing can help you install, fix, replace or maintain your gas lines. Give us a call today!