Posted: 26 November 2014
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Carbon monoxide poisoning – 5 things you need to know and do
Carbon monoxide poisoning – 5 things you need to know and do

Fitting an audible carbon monoxide detector could save your life

You can’t see it, taste it or smell it but it can kill quickly and with no warning.

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Knowing about carbon monoxide poisoning is important, but to be safe you have to take action.


Here’s why and how.

1.Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a poisonous gas that is produced when fossil fuels – coal, wood, oil and gas, are burnt without adequate air ventilation. CO is:

– Colourless
– Odourless
– Tasteless

Carbon Monoxide kills

2. 40 people die per year from CO poisoning. 3,000 people are admitted to hospital with the effects of CO poisoning.

You may not die but there can be lasting effects on your health.

NHS guidance on CO poisoning

3. The symptoms of CO poisoning include:

– Headaches
– Nausea
– Tiredness
– Chest and/or stomach pains

If you experience any of the above symptoms you should seek medical advice straight away.

4. Three tips which could save your life:

– Ensure gas appliances are installed, maintained and fixed by a Gas Safe registered engineers only.
– Have your gas appliances checked annually by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
– Buy and install an audible carbon monoxide detector – it could save your life

Choosing and fitting a Carbon Monoxide Alarm

5. If you are tenant in accommodation, tell your Landlord, who is responsible for ensuring appliances are safe to use and instructing a Gas Safe registered engineer to repair or maintain the gas appliances.

If you can smell gas or suspect a CO leak, contact the National Gas Emergency Number: 0800 111 999.

This telephone number is for England, Scotland and Wales. For a list of emergency numbers for other regions visit our useful contact numbers page.

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