Carbon Monoxide (2)

Yesterday, I posted some general information about Carbon Monoxide and how it can post dangers to health. Today, I will expand more on how different concentrations of it can effect people. Carbon Monoxide is sometimes called the silent killer. It is colourless, odourless and tasteless and every year kills or injures thousands of people around the world. It enters the body, through the lungs (just like oxygen). Once into the blood it competes with oxygen for haemaglobin. In high concentrations, it can kill in ...

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon Monoxide (CO). Colourless, odourless, tasteless and potentially lethal. The molecule contains a triple bond between carbon and oxygen. The triple bond makes it very hard to break (due to the high bond enthalpy). Carbon Monoxide can also permanently bind to haemoglobin, rendering the molecule biologically useless and not allowing oxygen to bind to the haemoglobin. If enough carbon monoxide gets into your blood, the bodies oxygen carrying capacity will be greatly reduced and you could literally, suffocate. Given that its molecular mass ...