Houston – Carbon monoxide (CO) is a gas that is odorless and colorless and sadly it’s already believed to be responsible for deaths and illnesses in the Houston area this week.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year, more than 400 Americans die from unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning not linked to fires.
The CDC reports more than 20,000 people visit the emergency room, and more than 4,000 are hospitalized.
“Fortunately, for carbon monoxide poisoning the therapy is oxygen, and we have plenty of oxygen to go around to administer to patients,” Prater said.
In an enclosed space with not enough ventilation, it can build up and cause serious risk to people and animals who breathe it.