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What to do in the Event of a CO Leak

If your CO alarm activates, you should always assume carbon monoxide has been detected in your home. A loud alarm is a warning that unusually high and potentially lethal levels of carbon monoxide are present. Never ignore this alarm as further exposure could be fatal. Immediately check residents for symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, (see product manual) and contact the proper authorities to resolve all CO problems. NEVER IGNORE ANY ALARM.

What to do during a CO alarm:

• Keep calm and open the doors and windows to ventilate the property.
• Stop using all fuel-burning appliances and ensure, if possible, that they are turned off.
• Evacuate the property leaving the doors and windows open.
• Ring your gas or other fuel supplier on their emergency number; keep the number in a prominent place.
• Do not re-enter the property until the alarm has stopped. When exposed to fresh air it can take up to 10 minutes for the sensor to clear and the alarm to stop, depending on the level of carbon monoxide detected.
• Get medical help immediately for anyone suffering the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning (headache, nausea, drowsiness), and advise that carbon monoxide poisoning is suspected.
• Do not use the appliances again until they have been checked by an expert. Contact a Gas Safe registered engineer in the case of a gas appliance.

CO Safety for Children

The best way to teach children about CO safety is by example. Let your children see you being sensible and careful about having appliances regularly checked, make them aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide and its affects.

Here are five steps to improve their safety:

· Fit audible CO alarms
· Have your appliances checked regularly
· Don’t block ventilation
· Learn to recognise the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning
· Have escape plans in place

CO Safety for the Elderly

Being older and living independently, it’s important you are aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a highly poisonous gas that has no colour, taste or smell. It is invisible to the human senses. The only way to detect CO is with an audible carbon monoxide alarm.

Here are four steps to improve your safety:

• Fit audible CO alarms
• Have your appliances checked regularly
• Don’t block ventilation
• Learn to recognise the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning