New York, N.Y (PRWEB) April 11, 2014
A broken water heater flue pipe inside a restaurant was the cause of a carbon monoxide leak at a Long Island mall that killed one person and left at least 27 sickened. A Feb. 23 Reuters news report states that the faulty pipe had allowed the buildup of lethal carbon monoxide gas on Feb. 22 in the basement of the Legal Sea Foods restaurant at the Walt Whitman Mall in Huntington Station, which is about 40 miles east of New York City.
Police and emergency personnel were called to the restaurant the evening of Feb. 22 after reports that a worker had passed out and fallen down stairs, the report said. The 55-year-old restaurant manager had died of cardiac arrest as he was being transported by ambulance to the local hospital, the article states. Also, 27 other people including restaurant workers, ambulance personnel and police officers were transported to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries, the report stated.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that can cause sudden illness or death. This gas is commonly found in combustion fumes, small gas engines, stoves, lanterns, burning charcoal and wood, gas ranges and heating systems, the CDC states. The most common symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, chest pain, lightheadedness and confusion, according to the agency's website.
Carbon monoxide illnesses and fatalities can be prevented by installing carbon monoxide detectors in buildings, says New York personal injury lawyer Kenneth A. Wilhelm. "Whether you live in an apartment, a single-family home or whether you own a business, please make sure that you have carbon monoxide detectors in the building – whether or not your city's code requires it. These inexpensive devices save lives."
Wilhelm also offers a number of tips to help prevent these types of tragedies:
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