Carbon monoxide is odorless, colorless and deadly. It binds to your hemoglobin and takes up all of the oxygen binding sites, causing your blood to lose its ability to transport oxygen, and you suffocate.
Carbon monoxide exposure is not at all uncommon in the trucking industry. Just recently, we learned of two drivers who suffered from carbon monoxide exposure because of a leak in their cabs. The drivers are okay now, but they fell very ill.
It’s important to recognize the symptoms of carbon monoxide, but it’s ESSENTIAL you invest in a carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide detector’s are inexpensive and can be found at Walmart and many other stores. BUY ONE!
Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning:
*From the eMedicine Health
- Flu-like symptoms, fatigue
- Shortness of breath on exertion
- Impaired judgment
- Chest pain
- Abdominal pain
- Visual changes
- Memory problems
- Walking problems
- Loss of consciousness
It’s important to take note of these symptoms. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, seek medical care immediately.
-Do you only suffer the symptoms when you’re in your truck?
-Do the symptoms dissipate when you’re out of the truck and breathing fresh air?
If so, contact your company immediately.