Steps to Carbon Monoxide Safety
Monoxide poisoning is a subject that people know very
little about. Not only can it kill you, it can cause
permanent Neurological Damage in the longer term.
In the short term, it can make you feel ill and inhibit
you life potential.
what to do to protect yourself. Please read all of
the 10 steps to the end, it may be that the following
five minutes could save your life, or the life of
Check the flame colour of your appliances, if
it's Orange you do have a problem. However, Blue
does not necessarily mean it's safe. Get your
appliances checked annually and get a CO Detector
if unsure. You would not drive your car without
an MOT. Doing the same for you home is common
sense as you spend most of your time there.
Check the flue, is it blocked? Do you have
creeping plants growing up your walls? Do you
have birds nesting in your flue? Completely remove
these obstructions from the flue area and fit
a guard to stop any birds nesting. Get your flue
checked! Is it drawing properly? Was it fitted
correctly in the first place?
Do you have a horizontal gas grill? They can
be particularly hazardous. Is yours working correctly?
Older appliances can be problematic, use the electric
toaster instead. Get your cooker checked.
Is there adequate ventilation? Check your
air bricks or trickle vents. Have you had double
glazing fitted? If the appliances in your home
do not have enough air they will produce Carbon
When were your appliances last checked? Do
it every year, don't leave it to chance. Remember,
the engineer can only check the conditions on
the day that he attends, get protection year round,
fit a CO Detector with a low level alarm.
Do you suffer from unexplained illnesses,
Fatigue, Muscle pains, Upset stomach, Lethargy,
Dizziness, Headaches? Go to your doctor and get
a CohB test, go directly from your house, don't
go elsewhere as the CO in your blood will deplete
and may not be picked up.
Are you a Tenant? Do you have a Safety Certificate?
Does your landlord annually check the appliances
in your accommodation? (He must do this by Law).
Has the engineer done a thorough check? How long
was he in the house for? Has your landlord fitted
a CO Detector?
Are you a Landlord? Have you been carrying
out statutory checks? Even if you have, you may
be liable if one of your tenants becomes ill or
worse, dies. Fit a Detector for your own and your
tenants' piece of mind. As a Landlord, you have
to show Due Diligence. If you are found guilty
of neglect you may be fined or even sent to prison.
Could you live with the consequences for the rest
of your life?
We all feel better on holiday. If you feel
especially invigorated it may be that you have
been removed from the source of the poison. If
your health goes into decline on your return,
it may be that it's not just post holiday blues,
you may be suffering the ill-effects from being
poisoned from Carbon Monoxide in your home.
The most important thing that you can do to
protect yourself and your family from the dangers
of Carbon Monoxide poisoning is to get a Carbon
Monoxide Detector Alarm with a low level indicator.
If you fit a Detector you can at least be sure,
having carried out all the about safety checks,
that you are protected.
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