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Heeley residents urged to protect themselves from carbon monoxide poisoning

Thursday, February 20, 2014

With the temperature getting colder and households using their heating more, local MP Meg Munn is reminding people to install an audible carbon monoxide alarm.

The Department of Health estimates that 40 people are killed by carbon monoxide poisoning, and at least 4,000 are treated in hospital, each year. Research by the ‘Carbon Monoxide Be Alarmed!’ has found that 35 million households in the UK could be at risk of poisoning as they don’t have an alarm in their home which will warn them of the poisonous gas.

Carbon monoxide is produced when fuel such as gas, coal or wood doesn’t burn properly usually because of a faulty boiler or because ventilation has been blocked. The symptoms include headaches, nausea, dizziness and a loss of consciousness and it is often mistaken for a cold or flu. The poisonous gas has no colour, taste or smell so the only way to be fully protected is to have a carbon monoxide alarm that makes a loud noise when the gas is present. They are widely available and cost around 15.

Meg said:

“Many people don’t realise that they’re at risk from carbon monoxide poisoning as they have their heating on more often during the cold weather. Carbon monoxide can kill without any warning, but it is very easy to prevent. Make sure you and your loved ones are protected by installing a carbon monoxide alarm.”

For more information visit:  http://www.co-bealarmed.co.uk/

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