Greatly increased carbon monoxide concentration: senior citizen dies in her apartment
In an apartment in Munich, a 65-year-old woman died in a carbon monoxide accident early Wednesday. The hurried rescue workers could no longer do anything for the elderly woman. Experts repeatedly warn against underestimating the dangers of carbon monoxide.
Dangerous carbon monoxide concentration in the home
According to media reports, a serious carbon monoxide accident occurred in Munich during the night from Tuesday to Wednesday. A 65-year-old woman was killed in the process. According to the fire brigade, the senior's husband informed the rescue workers early Wednesday after finding his wife lifeless in the toilet. The assistants who had arrived noticed a dangerously high concentration of carbon monoxide in the apartment.
Any help came too late for the 65-year-old
The 65-year-old could not be resuscitated, any help was too late for her. The couple's dog also suffered fatal poisoning. The 54-year-old spouse was taken to a clinic for treatment but is not in mortal danger. The fire department evacuated and checked all of the apartments in the building and found a slightly higher concentration in another one. The cause was initially unclear. Specialists should clarify how the accident happened.
Health risks from carbon monoxide
Experts repeatedly warn against underestimating the dangers of carbon monoxide. The chemical compound can lead to headaches even in low concentrations of 200 particles per million air molecules (ppm). At a higher concentration, symptoms such as rapid heartbeat, hallucinations, dizziness, shortness of breath, nausea and vomiting or fainting.
At higher concentrations, carbon monoxide can also cause fatal poisoning. The cause of such poisoning is often found in defective gas heaters. But the odorless gas also develops when burning glowing charcoal. What many do not know: Shisha smoking also poses a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. (ad)