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Hotel guests at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning

Hotels in Florida are great accommodations for travelers and residents alike. However, guests who frequent hotels may be at risk for carbon monoxide exposure. Carbon monoxide is a harmful gas that does not give off a smell or color, making it very difficult to detect without proper hardware. It is a substance that is commonly produced by heating systems and other appliances.

According to Chubbs Insurance, carbon monoxide is a major indoor air quality concern. It can become trapped in poorly ventilated areas in hotels. Guests who are exposed to carbon monoxide may suffer from fatigue, dizziness, nausea, chest pain, brain damage and even death if proper ventilation and adequate detection equipment are not present. Furthermore, guests who reside in rooms that are far away from the source can still suffer from exposure and injury.

Carbon monoxide detectors can alert guests to the presence of this harmful substance. A study done by USA Today determined that hotels do not always install carbon monoxide detectors in their rooms, increasing the risk of exposure to guests. In the last three years, 170 hotel guests were exposed to the gas and required medical treatment. Eight other guests died as a result of their exposure. The same study found that an evacuation of over 1,300 guests was the outcome of 30 hotel incidents where high carbon monoxide levels were present.

Even though the risk of carbon monoxide exposure is relatively low, it is a growing concern. Guests who choose to stay in hotels, motels and other temporary lodging establishments should make themselves aware of the risk and inquire about the location and existence of carbon monoxide detectors.

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