Carbon monoxide awareness

Published on: Tuesday, 14-January-2014

With the colder weather here, your central heating, fires and other appliances are probably on more frequently and for longer.

Public Health professionals in Knowsley are urging residents to follow some simple advice, to ensure they do not become the victim of carbon monoxide poisoning -  also known as the ‘silent killer’.

Carbon Monoxide is a colourless, odourless highly toxic gas that can kill in under three minutes.  Those poisoned by just low levels of carbon monoxide can go on to develop long-term chronic health problems.

People who are exposed to carbon monoxide may experience headaches, dizziness, nausea (feeling sick) and tiredness.  High concentrations can cause people to become confused or collapse.

If you are suffering from any of the symptoms, turn off the appliance, move away to a well ventilated area and open your windows.  You should start to feel better, but if you don’t, call NHS 111 Service or 999 in an emergency.

You can help to protect yourself by making sure you and your family have your fuel burning appliances serviced every year, your chimney swept once or twice a year and install a carbon monoxide alarm in the correct place in your home, caravan or boat.

Further information and advice can be found on the HSE’s website.