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Corrie airs carbon monoxide plot

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

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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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