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Carbon Monoxide - The Facts

What Is Carbon Monoxide?

It is a commonly found, insidious and deadly poisonous gas, produced when fossil fuels such as gas, oil and solid fuel appliances are in operation. Greater amounts are produced if there is inadequate ventilation or oxygen for the appliance to use, or if the appliance is not working property.  Inhaling it stops the blood taking up vital oxygen needed to keep you alive.

  • It has no colour, smell, or taste

  • It is silent, invisible, and deadly

When Are You At Risk?

You are at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning if:

  • Equipment is not working properly — due to incomplete combustion

  • There is not enough fresh air in the room

  • A chimney or flue gets blocked up and carbon monoxide enters your living area

What Are The Danger Signs?

You won’t always be able to see signs of carbon monoxide, only its’ effect. If you spot any of these signs, turn off your appliance and call in an expert immediately:

  • GAS - Stains or deposits of soot, yellow or orange flames (some “living flame” gas fires are designed with a yellow flame)
  • SOLID FUELS - Smell of fumes, a fire that is sluggish, or tends to go out

 What Are The Symptoms?

  • Feeling drowsy

  • Headache

  • Feeling dizzy when you stand up

  • Nauseous or vomiting

  • Chest pain

These are just some of the symptoms. You could also feel tired or have palpitations, diarrhoea, and stomach pains.

Carbon Monoxide can cause death or permanent injury to oxygen rich tissue, such as the brain or heart. Continuous exposure to even relatively low levels of Carbon Monoxide can lead to significant health effects.

Carbon Monoxide poisoning is often confused with flu or cold symptoms or the effect of modern living.

If you have any of these symptoms, turn off your appliance immediately and seek medical advice.

Where Are The Potential Carbon Monoxide Sources In The Home?

  • All Gas Burning Appliances

  • All Oil Burning Appliances

  • Fireplace (wood, coal or gas)

  • Warming up a car on a cold morning in an attached garage

Natural Gas, Propane, Methane, Butane, Wood, Oil, Petrol, Coal and Charcoal, also known as ‘Fossil Fuels”, can all produce Carbon Monoxide under the right circumstances.


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