Carbon Monoxide Safety
Carbon monoxide is a highly poisonous gas
that has no colour, taste or smell. Fuel burning appliances such as stoves,
fires, boilers and water heaters can produce carbon monoxide if they are
incorrectly fitted, badly repaired or poorly maintained or if flues, chimneys
or vents are blocked.
oil and solid fuels such as coal, coke and wood can all produce carbon
Too many people die needlessly or
become seriously ill because of carbon monoxide poisoning each year, early
symptoms can easily be mistaken for flu or tiredness.
How to stay safe
monoxide is produced when certain fuels are not properly burnt. This includes
gas, oil and solid fuels such as coal, coke and wood. Carbon monoxide can also
seep into properties via shared flues or chimneys and can even permeate through
brick walls and plaster.
You are at risk of carbon monoxide
burning appliance was incorrectly or badly installed
has not been safety checked and serviced annually
Your chimney or
flue is blocked or has not been swept regularly
There is no
audible carbon monoxide alarm fitted and working in your home
Steps to keep your household safe