Carbon monoxide safety

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What is Carbon Monoxide?

Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a highly poisonous gas, which has no colour, taste or smell.

Potential sources of carbon monoxide include area and water heating appliances such as boilers, and solid or gas fueled cookers, including barbeques.

What are the symptoms of carbon monoxide posioning?

The six main symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Breathlessness
  • Collapse
  • Loss of consciousness

If you experience any of these symptoms, seek immediate medical advice from your GP, call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47 (NHS 24 in Scotland on 08454 242424) or if it is urgent, call 999 for an ambulance.

How can I stay safe?

  • Fit an audible alarm
  • Service your appliances
  • Don't block ventilation
  • Know the signs

For more advice and information please visit the following websites:

Further information

Community Fire Safety

Telephone: 01743 260 200