Linda and Yorkshire Fire and Rescue launch carbon monoxide awareness campaign

07 December 2012

Linda enlisted the help of local emergency services today to launch a campaign which aims to raise awareness of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning this Christmas.

This issue is set to be in the news as Coronation Street will be tackling the dangers over the festive period in a dramatic storyline. Popular character Fiz Brown will fall into a coma having become a victim of carbon monoxide poisoning.
 
Linda has long campaigned on carbon monoxide (CO) safety, from harmonising manufacturing standards of CO alarms in the EU to ensure no faulty detectors enter the EU market, to creating common minimum standards of hotel safety in Europe so that holiday makers from the UK are not at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning whilst abroad in Europe. The latest campaign aimed to improve the safety warnings on BBQs which caused a number of accidental deaths in the UK over the past year.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odourless, colourless and tasteless toxic gas, which can be emitted from any faulty, misassembled or misused heating or cooking appliance, petrol generator, or vehicle engine. Often referred to as silent killer, less than 2% of CO in the air can kill in two minutes.

Linda said; ‘Too many people and from Yorkshire have been the victims of carbon monoxide poisoning. We are asking people to be aware of the potential dangers and take the time to buy and fit a carbon monoxide alarm - with the certified BS EN 50291 standard - that could save them from this otherwise undetectable toxic gas. We are also working with the local primary care trust to ensure information is widely available about the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning as it is often misdiagnosed due to the flu like symptoms poisoning induces.’

The following symptoms could indicate carbon monoxide poisoning:

• Headaches
• Drowsiness
• Dizziness
• Nausea
• Vomiting
• Confusion
• Weakness
• Convulsions
• Respiratory Problems
• Concentration Problems
• Behaviour Problems
• Personality Change
• Clumsiness
• Severe Muscle Pains
• Fast Heart Rate
• Trembling
• Vision Problems
• Loss of Hearing
• Walking Problems
• Unconsciousness
   

The following measures can help to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning:

• All fuel burning appliances and associated flues/chimneys are installed by the appropriate, registered trades people.
• The above are maintained and serviced in accordance with the manufacturers instructions
• No-one modifies or tampers with any appliance, flue or chimney
• Your chimney is swept and inspected regularly
• Ventilation openings are not blocked and are free from vegetations
• Fit an audible CO alarm, certified to EN 50291
• The CO alarm is tested when your appliances are.

For more information on carbon monoxide – visit; http://www.covictim.org/tiki-index.php?page=HomePage

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