Beware carbon monoxide danger

Daily Echo: A carbon monoxide alarm A carbon monoxide alarm

WITH severe weather on the horizon again this week families across the UK will likely turn their heating up – leaving them exposed to increased risk of carbon monoxide poisoning from faulty appliances.

The Carbon Monoxide – Be Alarmed! campaign is imploring Brits to ensure that they are protected from carbon monoxide poisoning by installing an audible carbon monoxide alarm in their homes.

According to the Department of Health more than 40 people die from carbon monoxide poisoning each year and thousands more are treated in hospital. It is likely many more victims go unrecognised because the early symptoms can easily be mistaken for common illnesses such as flu or food poisoning.

The only way to fully protect yourself and your family is to have an audible alarm. They are widely available from any good DIY store and can cost less than £20. Worryingly a recent major study found that fewer than one in ten homes has one.

Carbon monoxide has no smell, taste or colour, meaning it is easily inhaled without a victim realising. It can kill you or cause lasting damage to your health, including permanent brain damage.

For more information about how to stay safe visit cobealarmed.co.uk.

LAWRENCE SLADE, Carbon Monoxide – Be Alarmed! campaign.

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11:47pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Inform Al says...

As I'm all electric the danger to me of carbon monoxide at home is very small. If on the other hand I had a gas fire or boiler I would definitely have an alarm. If you've got kids and gas I would say such an alarm is essential. CO is heavier than air so it's the kids that will suffer first.
As I'm all electric the danger to me of carbon monoxide at home is very small. If on the other hand I had a gas fire or boiler I would definitely have an alarm. If you've got kids and gas I would say such an alarm is essential. CO is heavier than air so it's the kids that will suffer first. Inform Al
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5:43pm Thu 13 Feb 14

From the sidelines says...

40 people out of a population of 70 million. Odds of roughly 1 in 2 million.

I don't think I need to waste 20 quid to avoid those minuscule odds. Take your advertising elsewhere Mr Slade.
40 people out of a population of 70 million. Odds of roughly 1 in 2 million. I don't think I need to waste 20 quid to avoid those minuscule odds. Take your advertising elsewhere Mr Slade. From the sidelines
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