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Carbon monoxide safety tips

  • Know the main symptoms: headaches, dizziness, nausea, breathlessness, collapsing and loss of consciousness.
  • Keys signs are if symptoms clear up when you are away from home and come back when you return, or if other people in your household experience similar symptoms.
  • Watch out for soot or yellow/brown staining on or around your appliance.

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Corrie's carbon monoxide story 'already saving lives'

Jennie McAlpine, who plays Fiz in Coronation Street, has told The People that the current carbon monoxide storyline is "already saving lives."

Hopefully it will get people to check their boilers and get carbon monoxide monitors.

There are 4,000 people a year who are affected and 50 die every year from ­something that could be very easily eliminated.

I've been told by the people at the Gas Safety Register the ­publicity surrounding the plotline has saved lives already.

– Jennie McAlpine
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What is carbon monoxide?

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colourless, odourless, tasteless, poisonous gas produced by incomplete burning of carbon-based fuels, including gas, oil, wood and coal.

Your boiler could be leaking carbon monoxide Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Carbon-based fuels are safe to use. It is only when the fuel does not burn properly that excess CO is produced, which is poisonous.

When CO enters the body, it prevents the blood from bringing oxygen to cells, tissues, and organs.

You can't see it, taste it or smell it but CO can kill quickly without warning.

Visit the Health and Safety Executive website for more information.


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Millions still at risk from carbon monoxide poisoning

At least 35 million people in Britain are still at risk from carbon monoxide poisoning, a new survey has found.

A survey for the Carbon Monoxide - Be Alarmed! campaign - found that people mistakenly think that their smoke alarm will detect carbon monoxide.

The Department of Health estimates that 50 people are killed by carbon monoxide poisoning, and at least 4,000 are treated in hospital, in the UK each year.

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Soap storyline warns of carbon monoxide dangers

A storyline in Coronation Street is warning homeowners about the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Fiz is in hospital after suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning Credit: ITV Coronation Street

Jennie McAlpine's character Fiz Stape was left in a critical condition on New Year's Eve after suffering gas poisoning from a faulty boiler.

The storyline has prompted a renewal of the Carbon Monoxide - Be Alarmed! campaign to warn about the dangers of carbon monoxide.

C0 is silent - and costs lives

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.

C0 alarms can also be bought.

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