It’s a sad fact that Carbon monoxide (CO) causes the accidental deaths of at least 50 people each year in the UK .
And the numbers for non-fatal poisonings are much larger.
Here at Walker Sandford, we feel it is our responsibility to help you stay informed about preventable and potential dangers within your home so we have posted a quick guide to give you the information you need to recognise and detect the problem quickly.
What are the symptoms of Carbon monoxide poisoning?
The most common symptoms include:
- headache (90 per cent)
- nausea and vomiting (50 per cent)
- vertigo (50 per cent)
- altering states of consciousness (30 per cent)
- weakness (20 per cent)
What is Carbon monoxide (CO)?
It is an odourless, colourless, non-irritant gas. It is the most common cause of fatal poisoning in Britain today.
Although the recorded figures of 50 fatal poisoning a year may seem small, the real numbers may actually be much higher because poisoning by carbon monoxide is almost certainly underdetected. There are two main reasons for this:
- Firstly, there is generally little awareness of carbon monoxide poisoning among the general public and the medical profession.
- Secondly, the signs and symptoms associated with carbon monoxide poisoning are not easy to diagnose as they often mimic many other conditions.
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a silent and deadly killer and we feel that all out clients need an improved awareness of the risks and dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning. All it takes to keep yourself and your family safe is an increased awareness of the physical symptoms and potential indicators of where and how the problem arises.
What safety measures can I take?
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 vegetation
- Fit an audible CO alarm, certified to EN 50291
- The CO alarm is tested when your appliances are.
How can I find out more?
We have created a downloadable document that give you all the information you will need.
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