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
Each year in the UK CO poisoning sends 4000 people to A & E 200 people will spend the night in hospital 50 people will die
ACUTE symptoms include all of the chronic symptoms and
Tachycardia (rapid heart rate)
Angina and hypotension
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?
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
THE VERY OLD
AND THE VERY
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
The phrase "canary in a coal mine" came about because miners used to take birds into the mines to act as a warning signal for poisonous gases like carbon monoxide. Your body doesn't know the difference between Oxygen and Carbon Monoxide, so when you breathe in your lungs don't know that there is anything wrong. Just sitting in your car with the windows closed and the engine running could expose you to CO Poisoning, so don't do it!
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
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?
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