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What is Carbon Monoxide?

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The incomplete combustion of fuels produces carbon monoxide (CO), an odourless and colourless gas. When people are exposed to CO gas, the CO molecules in their bodies displace oxygen, causing poisoning. 

Our senses cannot identify Carbon Monoxide since it has no odour, colour, or taste. As a result, deadly gas levels can accumulate indoors, with people having no way of detecting the problem until they get unwell. Furthermore, the symptoms of CO poisoning are similar to those of the flu, leading sufferers to overlook the early indicators of CO poisoning.

 

Carbon Monoxide can be produced by

  • Tumble dryers, water heaters, boilers, gas ovens, cars, generators, tobacco and more! 
  • Symptoms include headaches, breathlessness, nausea, confusion, impaired coordination, and a loss of consciousness even more seriously. 
  • Carbon monoxide begins boiling at -191.5 °C

Fun Fact – 'Carbon Monoxide is the silent killer as you can't taste or smell it.'

Carbon Monoxide in large commercial application

Applications used in

  • Metal Fabrication
  • Domestic Heating
  • Chemical Manufacturing

Synonyms of Carbon Monoxide

  • Carbon Oxide
  • Flue Gas
  • Toxic Twin
  • Monoxide

CAS Number: 630-08-0                                                     'N' Value: 1

SLOT DTL (ppmn.min): 4.0125 x 10                                SLOD DTL (ppmn.min): 5.7 x 10