Winter is the time when most carbon monoxide poisonings occur. By taking action you can protect you and your family against this toxic gas that kills approximately 40 people per year in the UK and injures thousands.
These avoidable tragedies can be prevented by making sure that gas, coal and other fossil fuel and wood- burning heating and cooking appliances are properly installed and maintained and by fitting an audible carbon monoxide alarm. As temperatures drop and the heating is turned up it is important to check that appliances are working properly and that flues and chimneys are not blocked.
Carbon monoxide poisoning is difficult to spot as the symptoms are very similar to those for flu and food poisoning including persistent headaches, sickness and tiredness.
The links on this page give you all the information you need to get your home ready for winter and protected against carbon monoxide poisoning.
Get ready for winter web pages contain information and useful links to supporting websites.
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