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UPDATE: Three People Taken To Hospital After Carbon Monoxide Alarm Activates, Highlighting The Dangerous Gas

Sunday, 30 March 2014
Alverstone Road, Liscard.
Firefighters were called after a Crabon Monoxide (CO) alarm activated at a property.

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service was called at 6.44pm on Sunday, March 30, to Alverstone Road, Liscard.

Firefighters wearing bretahing apparatus made sure everyone had left the property, isolated the boiler and ventilated the building. They also requested an ambulance and a gas engineer.

Two men and a woman were taken to Arrowe Park Hospital for a precautionary check-up.

Watch Manager Warren Bradley, who attended the call-out with Red Watch firefighters at Wallasey Community Fire Station, said: “Our equipment showed a high level of carbon monoxide in this property. The occupiers had bought a CO alarm three weeks before and this had activated and alerted them to the dangerous gas. This goes to who the imp-ortance of having such an alarm in the home. Our equipment showed levels of 327 Carbon Monoxide parts per million. At levels of between 400 to 600 Carbon Monoxide parts per million you could lose consciousness and vomit.

“We advise that people not only have working smoke alarms in their homes but also a Carbon Monoxide detector. Gas appliances in your home should be checked each year by a Gas Safe Registered engineer.”

One fire appliance from Wallasey Community Fire Station attended the call-out.

In February 2012 a new awareness campaign by the Gas Safe Register was launched and saw six fire appliances across Merseyside carrying messages raising awareness of the risks of Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning and encouraging the public to have their gas appliances safety checked annually.

All frontline fire engines in Merseyside are already equipped with ToxiRAE monitors, which are worn by firefighters and can detect dangerous levels of Carbon Monoxide at locations visited by them either responding to incidents or while carrying out Home Fire Safety Checks.

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