Spring is here, and with it come warmer days and still-cool nights. In this part of West Virginia, some residents may still find it necessary to turn the heat on at night. Unfortunately, it’s at this time of year when most natural gas poisoning cases occur. Over time, gas lines become cracked and worn from impact, age and other factors, and many people don’t notice the signs of poisoning until it is too late. As the gas lines are turned on this season, families should watch for these warning signs and call for repair of a natural gas pipeline in Martinsburg WV if necessary.
Dizziness and Headaches
If a family member has a headache that lasts more than one day, or the headaches become stronger when someone stays in one room or comes home from a day’s work, the entire family may be in danger due to a natural gas leak. It’s also a good idea to call for repairs if more than one family member is suffering from severe headaches and dizziness.
Nausea and Vomiting
Although natural gas is odorless, colorless and tasteless, the fumes can cause nausea and vomiting. These symptoms often become quickly apparent in closed up rooms or vehicles as the natural gas fumes quickly overtake a person.
When a person breathes in natural gas, it displaces the oxygen in his/her bloodstream. A family living with a long-term, undetected leak can suffer serious consequences from the lack of oxygen. In some cases, it can cause serious breathing troubles and even seizures.
Other Health Problems
A person exposed to natural gas for a prolonged period can end up with an assortment of long-term health problems. Pneumonia, epilepsy, depression, memory loss, seizures, claustrophobia and heart troubles have all been seen in those afflicted with natural gas poisoning.
Call a Pro at the First Sign of a Gas Leak
While those who run a Natural Gas Pipeline in Martinsburg WV combine the gas with a strong odor to help families detect leaks as they occur, the odor may not always be easy to detect immediately.