REMINDER: Unsafe to Leave Car Running in Garage EVEN IF DOOR Open!

Posted in the Hudson Forum

Comments
1 - 6 of 6 Comments Last updated Mar 15, 2014
DriveOutIMMEDIAT ELY

Northfield, OH

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#1
Nov 10, 2008
 
NEVER Leave Car Running in Garage Whether Door Open OR CLOSED! BOTH UNSAFE!
----------
Iowa State University Extension
COLD WEATHER INCREASES CARBON MONOXIDE HAZARDS FROM CARS
AMES, Iowa -- In cold weather do you open the overhead garage door and start the car to let it warm up for a minute or two before driving away? Thomas Greiner, an extension agricultural engineer from Iowa State University, has this warning. "Don't ever warm-up a car in a garage, even with the garage door open. In less than two minutes gas fumes build to lethal concentrations in the garage." In an attached garage, fumes can quickly spread to the house.
Deadly fumes from vehicle exhaust include carbon monoxide (CO), a colorless, odorless, tasteless, and non-irritating byproduct of incomplete combustion. Greiner has consulted on and investigated several cases of poisoning from car fumes, some resulting in death.
"When cold engines first start, they run rich," Greiner said. The catalytic converter is cold and not converting deadly carbon monoxide (CO) to carbon dioxide (CO2). Concentrations in the exhaust can be more than 80,000 parts per million. Concentrations so large fill the garage with carbon monoxide in a very short time even with the door open. Once the car is backed out of the garage and the garage door closed, large concentrations of gas still remain trapped in the garage. In a house built with an attached garage, part of the gas then seeps into the house where it remains for hours.
Carbon monoxide reduces the oxygen supply to the brain, causing carbon monoxide intoxication. At high concentrations, such as produced in the exhaust of a cold engine, carbon monoxide intoxication occurs in only a few minutes, leaving those poisoned incapable of realizing they are poisoned, and unable to protect themselves. Carbon monoxide poisoning can happen to anyone, although children, the elderly and those with health concerns are especially susceptible.
Greiner conducted an investigation at a central Iowa home where the family was diagnosed with carbon monoxide poisoning and treated with oxygen. The husband typically opened the overhead garage door in the attached garage, started his small pick-up, let it warm for one or two minutes, drove out, shut the garage door, and left for work. His wife, who works in a home office, often developed late morning headaches. The family installed a carbon monoxide alarm. It sounded an alarm several hours after the truck was driven from the garage. Repeating the sequence of events, Greiner found that after only two minutes of warm-up in the opened garage, carbon monoxide concentrations rose to a lethal 575 parts per million. Within one minute, measurable levels of CO seeped into the house and after only 45 minutes the level in the house rose to 23 parts per million. Eight hours later carbon monoxide concentrations still remained above the allowable 9 ppm.
To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning from vehicles:
* NEVER run engines in a garage, even if the garage door is open.
* Make certain all vehicles are tuned up and running clean.
* Check and repair exhaust system leaks.
When starting a car and leaving from the garage:
* Make certain everyone is in the car and ready to leave.
* Open the overhead garage door before starting the car.
* Start the car and immediately back out.
* Shut the garage door.
* Immediately drive away. Consult the owner's manual for recommendations when driving with a cold engine.
Finally, buy UL listed carbon monoxide alarms and install them near sleeping areas and on every level of your home. "Carbon monoxide is a sneaky killer, a silent killer. Protect your home and family by being alert to its dangers," Greiner said.
-30-
This story was published 1/10/97.
Return to Carbon Monoxide Information from ISU Extension.
Page last updated October 16, 2000
Cherry

Beijing, China

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#3
Dec 23, 2009
 
Yea , i can make attention to what other people say , and show my ideas , of course i can give the update news to others, share my happiness and my feeling, or what i have know
Juli

Clinton, MS

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#5
Nov 29, 2010
 
I am staying at my bf house and his sister left the garage door to the house open as well as the garage door open but had her car running for approximately 2 min maybe a little more I was wondering how much the risk of going to sleep tonight was?
Duhhhh

Ladera Ranch, CA

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#6
May 22, 2011
 
Juli wrote:
I am staying at my bf house and his sister left the garage door to the house open as well as the garage door open but had her car running for approximately 2 min maybe a little more I was wondering how much the risk of going to sleep tonight was?
you are retarted!
Anonymous

Indianola, IA

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#7
Dec 2, 2013
 
Can someone tell me if I put my dog outside then I go to the garage and turn the car on fall asleep will my dog be okay since it's outside
answers your Qs

District Heights, MD

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#8
Mar 15, 2014
 
Anonymous wrote:
Can someone tell me if I put my dog outside then I go to the garage and turn the car on fall asleep will my dog be okay since it's outside
No it will die from carbon monoxide its lungs will bleed and suffer terribly and die :)

Tell me when this thread is updated: (Registration is not required)

Add to my Tracker Send me an email

Type in your comments below
Name
(appears on your post)
Comments
Characters left: 4000
Type the numbers you see in the image on the right:

Please note by clicking on "Post Comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Other Recent Hudson Discussions

Search the Hudson Forum:
Title Updated Last By Comments
OH Who do you support for Governor in Ohio in 2010? (Oct '10) 3 hr DEMSRULE 29,360
Faith & Religion Sat Larry 1
OH Who do you support for U.S. Senate in Ohio in 2... (Oct '10) Jul 26 Go Blue Forever 2,218
Former Hudson residents among victims of shot d... Jul 25 _malon_goblok 1
Dog, team gone? (Sep '06) Jul 24 Venom 706
OH Who do you support for Auditor in Ohio in 2010? (Oct '10) Jul 23 They cannot kill a Spook 231
Stow High shooting in 1972 (Oct '12) Jul 1 Tommy 21
•••
•••
•••
Hudson Dating

more search filters

less search filters

•••

Hudson Jobs

•••
Enter and win $5000
•••
•••

Hudson People Search

Addresses and phone numbers for FREE

•••

Hudson News, Events & Info

Click for news, events and info in Hudson
•••

Personal Finance

Mortgages [ See current mortgage rates ]
•••