Carbon monoxide poisoning
According to the HSE statistics every year around seven people die from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, caused by gas appliances and flues that have not been properly installed, maintained or that are poorly ventilated. It is therefore vital that you allow us access to carry out the annual safety inspection. Further information on how we carry out central heating servicing
Carbon monoxide can build up to lethal levels in a home because:
- Faulty appliances are not repaired or replaced
- Pipes are blocked or not working properly
- Not enough air is getting into the building to keep the gas burning properly in the appliance
You should refrain from sleeping in the same room as a gas fire.
Carbon monoxide is a colourless, odourless, tasteless and non-irritating toxic gas. In the early stages of the poisoning, symptoms are similar to other common ailments so it can go undetected until it is too late.
The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are:
- Headaches or dizziness
- Loss of consciousness
- Chest pains
- Erratic behaviour
- Visual problems
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms having been exposed to carbon monoxide, please seek urgent medical advice from your GP, an Accident and Emergency department or call NHS Direct on 111.
Last updated: 24/10/2017 11:59