Carbon monoxide is known as a silent killer because you can’t hear, see or smell it – but you can prevent poisoning and learn how to recognise the early warning signs.Common sources of carbon monoxide in the home include faulty central heating systems, gas appliances and fires. Blocked flues and chimneys mean the gas can’t escape and is inhaled by the unsuspecting individual.
How is it prevented?
Carbon monoxide poisoning is preventable, so it’s important to be aware of possible causes and how to minimise the risk of exposure by putting these safety tips into practice:
- Have chimneys and flues checked regularly
- Make sure gas appliances and heating systems are inspected every year
- Fit carbon monoxide alarms – available from MAC Services
- Never run cars, motorbikes or lawnmowers in a closed garage