CO Monoxide Awareness Month begins

The Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Northern Ireland are urging members of the public to ensure they are protected against carbon monoxide (CO) as part of Carbon Monoxide Awareness Month.

Throughout November, the organisations will collaborate with other members of the CO Safety Group to raise awareness of the symptoms of CO poisoning. These are:

–          Dizziness

–          Headaches

–          Difficulty breathing or breathlessness

–          Nausea

–          Fainting and collapse

–          Loss of consciousness

Members of the public are also urged to follow the TASK safety checklist:

–          Turn the appliance or heating source off, if it is safe

–          Air – provide ventilation by opening windows and doors or by going outside

–          Seek medical attention if they feel ill

–          Keep appliances and heating sources switched off until they have been serviced or their flues have been cleaned by a trained professional

RoSPA Northern Ireland home safety manager Ita McErlean said it is important that people become aware of the dangers of CO poisoning and how they can prevent themselves suffering from it as winter draws in. She noted that regular services of fuel-burning appliances can save people’s lives.

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