Awareness campaign highlights risk of Carbon Monoxide poisoning.

Awareness campaign highlights risk of Carbon Monoxide poisoning.

Fri, November 23, 2018

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council is encouraging all householders to be mindful of the risks associated with Carbon Monoxide.

November is Carbon Monoxide Awareness Month and in conjunction with the Public Health Agency, Council is urging everyone to take steps to minimise the risk of poisoning.

Carbon Monoxide is known as the ‘silent killer’ as it is colourless, odourless and tasteless which makes it very difficult to detect. It’s produced by the burning of coal, oil, gas or wood.

In winter when people use their heating appliances more frequently, there are often more poisoning incidents.

Signs of carbon monoxide poisoning include drowsiness, dizziness, headaches, fatigue, muscle pain and nausea. Anyone who suspects they have carbon monoxide poisoning should leave the property immediately and seek medical assistance.

To minimise the risk:                            

sweep chimneys and flues every year if you use solid fuel;
keep flues, air vents and grilles clear and ensure rooms are well ventilated;
If you are in rented accommodation that incorporates gas appliances, ask your landlord to provide you with an up-to-date gas safety record. This is a requirement by law and is particularly important for students renting houses and flats;
Install an audible carbon monoxide alarm that meets British or European standards (BS Kitemark or EN 50291). These cost as little as £20 and can be purchased from large DIY stores and food retail stores. Alarms however, should not be used as a substitute for regular servicing of appliances.

Adding her support to the campaign, the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Councillor Brenda Chivers said: “Symptoms of carbon monoxide aren’t always obvious and can be hard to detect, particularly at low-level exposure. The risks, however can be fatal. I would encourage all householders to become extra vigilant in the run up to Christmas and take the appropriate steps to safeguard themselves and their families.”

Anyone who suspects they may be experiencing carbon monoxide poisoning should immediately turn off all appliances, go outside and seek medical help from a qualified healthcare professional.

Appliances should not be used again until they have been serviced by a registered engineer.