Friday 9 December 2016

Watch out for carbon monoxide

Published 27/09/2016 | 02:30

Have at least one audible carbon monoxide alarm installed in your home
Have at least one audible carbon monoxide alarm installed in your home

It's Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week and a campaign aims to raise awareness in homes of the 'silent killer'.

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Know where it comes from: CO can be produced by any fuel when burned - coal, turf, oil, gas or even wood.

Have fuel-burning appliances serviced annually by a Registered Gas Installer, Registered Oil Technician, or a qualified service technician for your fuel type.

Keep vents and flues clear and make sure that rooms have proper ventilation. Ensure chimneys are swept annually.

Know the danger signs: staining, sooting or discolouration around appliances or condensation or dampness on walls and windows in the room once the appliance is lit. Have at least one audible carbon monoxide alarm installed in your home and anywhere else you burn fuel, to protect you and your family. Carbon monoxide alarms are available in most hardware or DIY shops. Symptoms include unexplained headaches, dizziness, nausea, drowsiness, particularly when a fuel-burning appliance is on.

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