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!