I get very sad when I read about people that have died due to Carbon Monoxide poisoning, it really is the silent killer and as a parent I want to make sure that I provide a safe home for H to grow up in, alongside ensuring that he can’t fall down the stairs, medicines being stored away safely along with sharp knives etc I recently started to think about what else do I need to keep safe in the house, it is getting to that time of year when the heating is being switched on after many months of them being off, answer me a quick question, when was the last time you had your boiler checked?
According to NHS statistics over 200 people go to hospital with suspected carbon monoxide poisoning and around 40 people die every single year in the UK, this is simply far too many!
The most common causes of Carbon Monoxide poisoning is from incorrectly installed or poorly maintained household appliances such as cookers, heaters and central heating boilers, with Carbon Monoxide being a colourless, tasteless and odourless gas a blocked flue or chimney can cause levels to rise to lethal concentrations in an enclosed space.
There are a few warning signs to look out for that mean you might have a carbon monoxide issue in your house:
- The flame on the cooker should be crisp and blue, if you see yellow or orange flames this means you should get your cooker checked
- Dark staining on or around appliances
- Sooty marks on walls around boilers, stoves or the cover of a gas fire
- Pilot lights that frequently go out
- Increased condensation inside windows
Beware the symptoms of Carbon Monoxide poisoning are very similar to the likes of flu, food poisoning and viral infections with headaches, dizziness, nausea etc.
One of the ways to make your family safe is to have a Carbon Monoxide alarm, this simple alarm will alert you if there is Carbon Monoxide detected and it is an early warning alarm so will let you know quickly so you can get something done to resolve the problem, these alarms do not cost the earth but could potentially save a life.
Check out the Corgi Home Plan website for more great tips and advice.