Do Not Forget Your CO Alarm

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Dangers

Unsafe gas appliances can emit a poisonous gas called carbon monoxide (CO). It can kill as well as causing serious long-term health problems and brain damage. It is produced by the incomplete burning of gas when an appliance has been incorrectly fitted or poorly maintained. It can occur when flues, chimneys and vents are blocked. Read our article now and find out more about carbon monoxide poisoning dangers.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Dangers – What Are The Symptoms?

CO poisoning symptoms are similar to flu, food poisoning and viral infections. It’s common for people to mistake this dangerous poisoning for something else. The six main symptoms are:

  • headaches
  • dizziness
  • nausea
  • breathlessness
  • collapse
  • losing of consciousness

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Dangers – What to do if you suspect CO poisoning

Open doors and windows to let fresh air in and gas out. Turn off all gas appliances and immediately leave the house. See your doctor or go to hospital – and let them know you suspect CO poisoning.

If you think there is a danger, call the Gas Emergency Helpline – 0800 111 999. Afterwards, ask a Gas Safe registered engineer to inspect your gas system see if there is a problem.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Dangers – The warning signs of a CO leak

  • Flames are a yellow or orange colour on your hob, rather than blue;
  • Dark staining around appliances;
  • Pilot lights frequently blowing out;
  • Increased condensation.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Dangers – The benefits of a CO alarm

An audible alarm can alert you to the presence of CO gas in your home. It is not a substitute for having your appliances serviced regularly, but fitting a CO alarm is strongly recommended as a second line of defence. Make sure the alarm is marked to EN 50291 and has the Kitemark. We advise fitting an alarm in every room that has a gas appliance. When installing the alarm make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Typically, CO alarms have a battery life of 5 years. If you’re unsure, ask a Gas Safe registered engineers such as L&W Heating and Plumbing for advice.

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