Ever ridden a public utility vehicle (PUV) and gotten off feeling nauseous and dizzy after the ride?

You could be a victim of Carbon Monoxide poisoning and you didn’t even know it.

Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago wishes to address this issue by authoring the “Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act” that will require the inspection of every PUV to ensure ‘that carbon monoxide levels in the vehicle will not reached unsafe levels in excess of 70 PPM (Parts per Million).’

In consultation with the Department of Health, the Land Transportation and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will be mandated to prepare and distribute, along with each operator’s license, a pamphlet with detailed information regarding carbon monoxide poisoning and the appropriate actions to be taken to prevent such accidental poisoning.

Called the ‘silent killer,’ Carbon Monoxide is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, and non-irritating toxic gas that victims may inhale without even knowing it.

Because of our exposure to vehicular emissions all the time, Carbon Monoxide poisoning has become the most common type of fatal poisoning in many countries.

Early symptoms include drowsiness and headache, followed by unconsciousness, respiratory failure, and death.

Persons suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning must be exposed to fresh air, given artificial respiration or oxygen if available and, as soon as possible, be assessed by a physician.