Stay Safe From Carbon Monoxide

Over 50 people die from carbon monoxide poisoning every year, and many more suffer ill health, the number of people being exposed each year could run into the hundreds of thousands or even millions.

Carbon monoxide poisoning can happen within a matter of minutes and is responsible for more deaths than any other single poison. Carbon monoxide is an oudourless, colourless poison that can cause permanent neurological damage and other long-term health effects, and in extreme cases, can kill in minutes. Other products of toxic combustion, which are less well known, can be equally damaging to health.

Get a CO Alarm

One way to reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning is to purchase a carbon monoxide alarm, but remember this will only detect CO!

These can be found at any hardware store or supermarket and should be placed in the hallway or sleeping area.

Please remember that your appliances will still need regular servicing from a Gas Safe registered engineer if your appliance is gas or an OFTEC registered engineer if an oil fired appliance.

If your carbon monoxide alarm sounds, turn all appliances off, leave your home immediately and go straight to A&E saying you may have been poisoned by carbon monoxide. When you return home, ventilate your home well - DO NOT TURN YOUR APPLIANCE BACK ON!

Arrange for your appliance to be inspected by a specialist engineer and environmental air sampling expert in order to establish what toxins are emanating from your appliance, in what quantities and over what period of time you may have been exposed to these various toxins.

This information will be very important to your medical team in order to give you the correct treatment.

Only after you have carried out these tests should you then replace or have your appliance repaired by a suitably qualified engineer.