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Carbon Monoxide – Be Alarmed!

The campaign launched in October 2008 is the national campaign to reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by Carbon Monoxide.

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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

THE SILENT KILLER!

CO Symptoms

The following symptoms could indicate carbon monoxide poisoning:

  • Headaches
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Confusion
  • Weakness
  • Convulsions
  • Respiratory Problems
  • Concentration Problems
  • Behaviour Problems
  • Personality Change
  • Clumsiness
  • Severe Muscle Pains
  • Fast Heart Rate
  • Trembling
  • Vision Problems
  • Loss of Hearing
  • Walking Problems
  • Unconsciousness
Headaches
• Drowsiness
• Dizziness
• Nausea
• Vomiting
• Confusion
• Weakness
• Convulsions
• Respiratory Problems
• Concentration Problems
• Behaviour Problems
• Personality Change
• Clumsiness
• Severe Muscle Pains
• Fast Heart Rate
• Trembling
• Vision Problems
• Loss of Hearing
• Walking Problems
• Unconsciousness

Prevention

These measures can help to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning:

  • All fuel burning appliances and associated flues/chimneys are installed by the appropriate, registered trades people.

  • the above are maintained and serviced in accordance with the manufacturers instructions

  • no-one modifies or tampers with any appliance, flue or chimney

  • your chimney is swept and inspected regularly

  • ventilation openings are not blocked and are free from vegetations

  • fit an audible CO alarm, certified to EN 50291

  • the CO alarm is tested when your appliances are.

Remember:
All appliances should be correctly installed and maintained.
A CO alarm is not a substitute!

Carbon Monoxide Alarm

Before purchasing a carbon monoxide alarm, always make sure it is officially approved to EN 50291. It must have a British or European approval mark on it, such as a Kitemark.

Never buy foreign carbon monoxide alarms, CO alarms manufactured in America have a different standard and are designed not to alarm for four minutes regardless of the CO level.