Carbon Monoxide

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Submitted By waitsel
Words 1899
Pages 8
Mike Parks
COMX 111
Informative Speech
Preparation outline

General Purpose: To inform my audience about Carbon Monoxide poisoning, symptoms of exposure, the effects it can cause, where it can be detected, and how to prevent becoming a victim of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Specific Purpose: To inform my audience how to become more aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide and how to prevent exposure.
Central Idea: Carbon Monoxide is a deadly, odorless, colorless, tasteless gas but with proper education and detection you can avoid becoming another statistic of carbon monoxide poisoning.

I. What is Carbon Monoxide poisoning? (According to Anne Marie Helmenstine) A. Carbon Monoxide poisoning is when a person breathes in too much carbon monoxide and it replaces the oxygen in your blood. 1. Lack of oxygen in the bloodstream causes cells throughout the body to die, causing organs to stop working, which can then lead to death.

II. What are the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning? A. There are early symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning that you should be aware of to help you identify if you might be getting exposed to this deadly gas. 1. Early symptoms consist of headache, dizziness, nausea, fatigue and shortness of breath.

III. There can be long term effects from over exposure to carbon monoxide. A. Some long term effects may not show up until later and can include changes in behavior, vision and coordination.

IV. Knowing where and how to detect carbon monoxide is key to preventing exposure. A. Enclosed areas are the most common places where people fall victim to carbon monoxide exposure, but poisoning by this deadly gas can happen outside of enclosed areas as well. 1. Most often when an individual suffers from carbon monoxide poisoning it happens in his or her home. 2. A person’s garage is another common…...

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