Gas appliances which are unsafe or poorly maintained can produce the highly poisonous gas, carbon monoxide (CO). Carbon Monoxide can cause serious long term health problems such as brain damage and in extreme cases, death. CO is produced when gas and Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) aren't burnt completely. This can happen when a gas appliance has been either incorrectly fitted, poorly maintained or badly repaired or if flues, chimneys and or vents are blocked. The burning of solid fuels such as coal, wood, petrol and oil can also produce carbon monoxide. CO poisoning occurs when the oxygen in your bloodstream is replaced when you breathe in the gas. Your body tissue and cells soon die when starved of oxygen. Even small amounts of the gas can cause CO poisoning, the long term effects of this can include paralysis and brain damage.
CO symptoms can be very similar to those of flu, food poisoning, viral infections and fatigue. That’s why it’s common for people to mistake this very dangerous poisoning for something less severe.
Other signs that could indicate CO poisoning are:
Your symptoms only occur when you are at home and seem to disappear when you leave home.
Any of the following signs could indicate a CO leak in your home:
Flames of a lazy yellow or orange colour on your gas hob, rather than being a crisp blue;
While there is no substitute for having your appliances serviced and checked regularly by a Gas Safe Registered Engineer, fitting an audible CO alarm in your property is a good second line of defence. Modern CO alarms are similar in design to smoke alarms and can be purchased from around £15 at many major retail outlets including DIY stores and supermarkets. You may wish to invest in a connected system like the Nest Protect which is a smoke and CO alarm. Ask us about installing your Nest Protect. Before purchasing any CO or smoke alarm, make sure it is marked to EN 50291 and has the British Standards Kitemark or another European approval organisation’s mark on it. Our advice is to fit an alarm in every room that has a gas appliance. When installing and siting the alarm please refer to the manufacturer’s instructions. Most audible CO alarms have a battery life of up to 5 years.
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