Friday, October 4, 2013

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning from Houseboats

The proximity of Lake Mead to Las Vegas makes it a favorite spot for many avid boaters. Visitors and boating novices can even rent houseboats on the lake for vacations, but unfortunately this can increase the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, all carbon monoxide poisonings are preventable, so it's important to understand the risks and how to protect yourself.

Carbon monoxide is a gas that cannot be seen or smelled, and can be fatal if inhaled in large quantities. Carbon monoxide is often present around houseboats, and can put the houseboat’s occupants, swimmers, and other boaters at risk of exposure. Houseboat engines produce carbon monoxide, which can then waft through windows and into the compartments of the houseboat, affecting those inside. If people swim near the boat while the engine is running they are also at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. The symptoms of small doses of carbon monoxide poisoning include confusion, headaches, seizures, dizziness, and nausea.   

Studies have shown that carbon monoxide poisoning near boats is far too prevalent. One study found more than 800 boating poisonings across 35 states in just the last few years. Over 140 of the poisonings cases reported resulted in the death of a victim.

If you are boating, swimming, or vacationing on Lake Mead, it is important to be aware of the possible dangers presented by carbon monoxide poisoning. Do your research beforehand and take care to avoid situations and areas where high levels of carbon monoxide are likely to be present.

If you or a family member has suffered carbon monoxide poisoning because of another person’s negligent actions, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and losses. Contact our team at De Castroverde Law Group to discuss your situation and to learn about your legal options.