The Lowdown on Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide is an odourless and colourless gas that claims the lives of just under 100 people every year. These are lives that can be spared if we all know how to recognise the signs, symptoms and safety measures necessary when it comes to dealing with carbon monoxide. Here is the lowdown on everything you need to know…

Where is carbon monoxide found?

Carbon monoxide can be found in the fumes that are created any time you burn a source of fuel. This includes cars, lanterns, fireplaces and furnaces. It is possible for the gas to build up indoors when there is no way for it to escape, thus poisoning people and animals.

What are the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning?

The most common symptoms include headache, dizziness, chest pain, vomiting, confusion and weakness. They are often said to resemble the flu. Breathing in a lot of CO can cause people to pass out which is why people who are sleeping may succumb to the poisoning before they present symptoms.

How can you prevent carbon monoxide poisoning?

  • Have a battery operated CO detector inside the home so that you can detect the presence of carbon monoxide before it harms anyone.
  • Remember to have all gas, oil and coal operated systems and appliances serviced by qualified and practiced professionals at least once a year.
  • Never burn charcoal indoors. Despite what people think, coal and charcoal are not interchangeable materials and burning charcoal indoors, whether it be red, grey, black or white, will give off high levels of CO.

Here at Pearson Sweep, the safety of our customers and clients is paramount when it comes to carbon monoxide poisoning. Simply having your chimney swept often helps to limit the risks of this occurring as its removes any build-up of soot or debris inside the chimney, allowing dangerous gases like CO to escape. Get in contact with the best chimney sweep Manchester has to offer today to find out more information!

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