Today marks the start of Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week, and the advice comes as latest figures from Humberside Fire and Rescue show they have responded to 148 suspected carbon monoxide incidents since 2010. 20 of these were later confirmed to be leaks, some resulting in fatalities.
Appliances which pose a risk are boilers, heaters and cookers. They need to be checked by a registered engineer before the winter sets in.
Carbon monoxide is produced when fossil fuels or wood burn without enough air (in poorly ventilated areas) and many incidents are caused by badly-installed appliances.
It's known as the 'silent killer' as it is colourless, tasteless and odourless.
It is Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week. Latest figures from Humberside Fire Service reveal they have attended 20 confirmed carbon monoxide incidents since 2010, some sadly fatal. The gas is known as the 'silent killer' as it is colourless, tasteless and odourless.
New research reveals that almost 3 million people in Yorkshire and Humber are still at risk from carbon monoxide poisoning. In many cases, this is likely to be because people mistakenly think that their smoke alarm will detect carbon monoxide.
The research comes on the day that carbon monoxide alarms become compulsory in new homes in Northern Ireland.
Stacey Rodgers and the Kirklees Carbon Monoxide Awareness Group are launching a new carbon monoxide campaign. Stacey's young son Dominic died from CO poisoning when fumes seeped into his bedroom. An inquest into his death was told a faulty boiler in a neighbouring property was to blame.
Dominic would have turned 19 this year and so the campaign is aimed at young people. It features a CO awareness film which has been developed by the staff and students of the Creative and Media School in Huddersfield.
The students have written, produced, starred in and edited the film as part of their studies. Its aim is to capture the attention of other young people on the brink of independence, alert them to the dangers of carbon monoxide and tell them how they can help keep themselves safe.