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Carbon Monoxide is a highly poisonous gas that has no colour, taste or smell. Fuel burning appliances such as stoves, fires, boilers and water heaters can produce carbon monoxide if they are incorrectly fitted, badly repaired or poorly maintained or if flues, chimneys or vents are blocked.
Gas, oil and solid fuels such as coal, coke and wood can all produce carbon monoxide.
Too many people die needlessly or become seriously ill because of carbon monoxide poisoning each year, early symptoms can easily be mistaken for flu or tiredness.
Always follow the operating instructions provided with any appliance
Petrol or diesel generators and pumps emit Carbon Monoxide (CO) within the exhaust gases.
This can be deadly.
Do not use any fuel-driven equipment (petrol and diesel generators or pumps) indoors.
If in extreme circumstances this is not possible ensure the following:
Symptoms are similar to the flu, food poisoning, viral infections and tiredness. It can be easy to mistake the symptoms for something less serious.
If you experience symptoms or your CO alarm sounds:
Carbon Monoxide is produced when certain fuels are not properly burnt. This includes gas, oil and solid fuels such as coal, coke and wood. Carbon Monoxide can also seep into properties via shared flues or chimneys and can even permeate through brick walls and plaster.
You are at risk of Carbon Monoxide poisoning if:
Further safety advice can be found on the Be Alarmed website: