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Carbon monoxide poisoning

According to the Department of Heath, 50 people due each year from carbon monoxide poisoning and another 4,000 are treated in hospital. The true number is likely to be higher than this as the early symptoms can easily be mistaken for flu or tiredness.

What is carbon monoxide?

It is an odourless, colorless gas that can cause sudden illness and death

What are the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning?

The most common systems of CO poisoning are;

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Chest pain
  • Confusion

How can I prevent carbon monoxide poisoning from my boiler?

Make sure you have an annual boiler service on an yearly basis by a Gas Safe registered engineer.

How can I protect my self from carbon monoxide poisoning?

The easiest way to protect you and your family is to fit a CO alarm, this article will explain how you can safely fit one.

How much are carbon monoxide alarms?

They are available from £15. They can be bought at DIY stores and some supermarkets, or directly from your energy supplier.

How to fit a CO alarm

You should follow the instructions that came with the alarm. If your unable to find then her are a few guidelines.

Step 1. Please the alarm in a central location in your home where it can be easily heard if activated.

Step 2. If you fix the alarm to a wall then position it head height. The alarm does not need to be placed on a wall it can be placed on a table or a shelf.

Step 3. You should test your Carbon Monoxide alarm regular by press the ‘test’ button, as you would with a smoke alarm.

Step 4. If your alarm comes with a portable battery alarm then you should place it in the room you spend most of your time.

Step 5. You should not place the unit in a cupboard, behind furniture or near you outside door.

Step 6. You should not place your alarm directly next to fires, boilers cookers or heaters.  You should position your alarm at least a meter away from these appliances.

Step 7. You purchase a ceiling mounted alarm it will need to be at least 300mm from any wall and if you had a wall mounted alarm at least 150mm from the ceiling.

If you require more technical information contact CoGDEM (the Council for Gas Detection and Environmental Monitoring) on 0800 1694 456