How can I avoid carbon monoxide poisoning at home?
Posted by Jason Ramsdale on 20 November 2015 at 12:15 pm
We're in Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week (16 - 22 Nov 2015. Left undetected, carbon monoxide poisoning can be fatal or cause permanent damage to your health.
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a gas with no smell or taste. It is produced through the incomplete burning of carbon fuels...
Potential sources of CO poisoning:
- Boilers (Either fossil fuels or biomass!)
- Gas fires
- Water heaters
- Open fires
- Anything that burns gas, oil, coal or wood!
Signs of Danger:
- If you are having symptoms of headaches, sickness or nausea, tiredness or confusion.
- Yellow or orange flames where there are usually blue flames.
- Sooty stains on walls and ceilings around fires and water heaters.
What you can do to protect yourself:
- Do not cover or block ventilation.
- Keep chimneys and flues clear where in use.
- Don’t run your car in enclosed spaces like your garage.
- Do not use your appliances for things other than what they were intended (eg. Do not try to heat your home with a gas cooker).
- Only buy appliances that comply with current British Standard and have them installed by a registered installer.
- Make sure your appliances are serviced regularly by a qualified engineer.
- Buy a carbon monoxide detector. For as little as £10 it could save a life. Remember to check their batteries regularly too.
What to do if you suspect a CO leak:
- If you feel unwell consult your doctor or phone the NHS on 111, if urgent phone 999 for an ambulance. Mention your symptoms could be related to CO poisoning.
- Turn off the appliance.
- Open windows and doors to ventilate your property.
- Leave the property immediately until the appliances are off and your house has ventilated
- Have the appliance checked by qualified engineer and do not use the appliance until you a told it is safe to do so.
Carbon monoxide awareness video:
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