How to protect against Carbon Monoxide poisoning

Stay Safe Against Carbon Monoxide Poisoning with the Right Alarm!

Recently, Sky News reported a carbon monoxide leak in a US school which hospitalised 42 children. Here in the UK, the Department of Health estimates that around 4,000 people are hospitalised each year due to carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

CO leaks are relatively common, but there is a real need for information. The Be Alarmed! campaign aims to raise awareness of the issues and help people protect themselves against harm.

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Know the Signs

Carbon monoxide leaks can arise from poorly-fitted and ill-maintained appliances such as ovens and heating. So you could be making a sandwich one day when all of a sudden you feel a headache coming on, or even worse.

Watch out for the symptoms, including:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Breathlessness
  • Collapse
  • Loss of consciousness

Unfortunately, carbon monoxide is odourless and colourless, which means it’s undetectable without a detector.

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Install the Right Alarm

Sparks Electrical stocks CO and gas detectors from just £16.83 (plus VAT). The lithium battery in the Ei208 model will power the unit for up to 7 years, which is about the useful lifespan of the sensor.

For additional functions such as a digital display and a memory function that records the level of carbon monoxide when the alarm was last triggered, consider the Aico Ei3018 model. There are also more in the online store.

A lot of people don’t have them installed – in a recent survey, only 39% of the respondents had a CO detector in their home. There seems to be some confusion between CO and smoke alarms – many people think they’re the same thing. They aren’t.

A carbon monoxide detector needs to be audible and installed at head-height (that is, your breathing level) – not on the ceiling like a smoke alarm. The batteries and sensor should be tested at regular intervals.

The Be Alarmed! website has a thorough guide to protecting yourself against carbon monoxide poisoning, which is well worth a read. Stay safe!


One comment

  1. Sadly lots of people live with the symptoms of Carbon Monoxide poisoning, and in winter when doors and windows are kept shut, the effects get worse, but people put it down to winter ills. Another serious issue is as Local Authorities & Housing Associations are carrying out energy efficiency work, fitting draught exclusions, external insulation cladding walls, sealing gaps around double glazing etc, home airtightness is improving, which allows Carbon Monoxide (CO) build up to occur quicker.

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