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Carbon Monoxide Awareness Month starts in Northern Ireland

6th November 2013 | Warning Signs

Posted by Nicole Stevens

Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents Northern Ireland and the Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland (HSENI) have banded together to promote Northern Ireland’s first ‘Carbon Monoxide Awareness Month’.

The campaign’s aim is to inform people of the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO), make them aware of the warning signs of CO poisoning and teach them how to properly react to a suspected CO leak.

The six symptoms of CO poisoning are headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness.

In the event of a suspected CO leak, people are advised to turn off any appliance “that burns oil, solid fuel, wood or gas, including boilers”.

They should ventilate the affected area as thoroughly as possible, opening all doors and windows. Should they feel unwell, they should seek medical help straight away.

Richard Meredith, head of gas safety at the HSENI, said: “CO can kill and even low-level exposure over a long period can cause lasting damage to your health. Everyone should be aware of its dangers.”ADNFCR-2754-ID-801657463-ADNFCR


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