In 2012, The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that 7 million people die per year as a result of exposure to indoor and outdoor air pollution. This particular finding doubles previous estimates and confirms that air pollution is the world’s largest single environmental health risk.
Air pollution in the home
- Common sources: cooking or heating with wood, charcoal, or coal on traditional stoves or open fires. House dust and Poorly maintained dehumidifiers and air conditioners
- Types of pollution: fine particles and carbon monoxide. Biological contaminates such as mildews, mold, dust, and mites
- Number of deaths: 2 million deaths per year
Outdoor air pollution
- Common source: fuels for transport, power generation, and other human activities like home heating.
- Type of pollution: a complex mixture of pollutants, such as diesel soot particles and lead, and the products of atmospheric transformation such as ozone and sulfate particles.
- Number of deaths: 1.3 million deaths worldwide per year.
Air pollutants are found all over the United States. These toxic substances can harm the health and the environment a great deal.
Exposure to these pollutants have been associated with numerous human health issues including respiratory symptoms hospitalization for heart or lung diseases and even premature death.
Carbon monoxide poisoning usually stems from cars and trucks, small gasoline engines, improperly installed stoves, lanterns, burning charcoal and wood, and gas ranges and heating systems. The carbon monoxide from these sources builds up in an enclosed or semi-enclosed space resulting in poisoning. Read more on carbon monoxide poisoning
Carbon monoxide in tractor trailers
Many drivers carry heaters to melt ice, to keep warm, etc. in the winter months, and this poses a risk such as the same as with campers because CO poisoning is especially dangerous in closed quarters. However, carbon monoxide can also occur due to a mechanical defect that could result from faulty exhaust equipment on the trucks. While it is known that diesel fuel combustion engines produce much lower concentrations of carbon monoxide (CO) than gasoline engines, these emissions could certainly generate lethal concentration amounts. Read more on Truck Drivers Risk Carbon Monoxide Poisoning.