What is Carbon
Produced by the incomplete
burning of carbon-based fuels
Prevents blood from
supplying oxygen to cells,
tissues and vital organs
can't be seen / can't be smelled / can't be heard / can't be tasted / can't be seen / can't be smelled / can't be heard / can't be tasted
ACUTE symptoms include all of the chronic symptoms and
Tachycardia (rapid heart rate)
Cerebral oedema - swelling
of the brain
Other signs to look out for
Symptoms that only come when you are at home
You start to feel better when you leave the house
WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING?
You are also at risk from
Burning fuel in unventilated
Blocked flues and chimneys
smoking shisha pipes indoors
The risks are higher when you are using portable stoves or barbeques in caravans, tents, boats or motorhomes.
WHO IS AT RISK FROM
CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING?
Any person or animal in your house is at risk of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning,
but some are more vulnerable than others
Students are particularly at risk from Carbon Monoxide poisoning. For many, it is the first time they have lived away from home and been responsible for their own housing, so it’s important that they understand the risks. If you’re a student in rented accommodation, ask your landlord for an up-to-date Gas Safety certificate and demand that they make sure all fuel-burning appliances are safety checked at least once a year by a REGISTERED engineer.
Carbon Monoxide and Pets
Animals are also affected by carbon monoxide and can help you identify
Carbon Monoxide and the great outdoors
carbon monoxide is present whenever fuel is burnt without enough oxygen
and cooking in unventilated areas such as tents can be fatal.
To avoid accidents, follow these rules
Never cook inside a tent or an enclosed camping space
Never use gas stoves or burners to heat your tent
All fuel burning items need to have adequate ventilation to prevent the build-up of Carbon Monoxide (If you are suffering from the cold whilst out camping, put on another layer or buy a warmer sleeping bag)
HOW CAN I SPOT THE DANGERS AND KEEP MY
Orange or Yellow (instead of
blue) flames from appliances
(unless they are flame effect
An increase in condensation
Yellow or Brown staining or
soot around appliances
Pilot lights that frequently
blow themselves out
WHAT PRECAUTIONS CAN I TAKE?
Have your chimney swept at least once
a year by a QUALIFIED chimney sweep
WHAT SHOULD I DO IN AN EMERGENCY?
- Switch off the appliance
- Open all windows and doors
- Call GAS EMERGENCY on – Freephone 0800 111 999
- Seek URGENT medical advice
- Get to your GP or local A & E and ask for a blood or breath test
- Carbon Monoxide leaves your body quickly so immediate action could save your life