As we mentioned in our previous blog post, carbon monoxide is known as the silent killer because it’s colourless, odourless and very difficult to detect. Gas Networks Ireland revealed that 365,000 people in Ireland aren’t fully aware of the risks of carbon monoxide.
This week is all about increasing awareness of Carbon Monoxide so where better to start than to help better educate everyone about what symptoms to look out for.
These flu like symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning could be put down to likes of fatigue, dehydration or just generally being run down. Many of which are so every day we could easily ignore the signs of something more sinister at play...
Please take a few moments to remember these common signs of Carbon Monoxide poisoning.
At low levels symptoms can include:
- Unexplained headaches
- Chest pains
- Weakness in your muscles
- Stomach aches
- Burning eyes
- Loss of consciousness
If you feel like you are suffering from any of the above points, we recommend you to immediately go outside, get some fresh air and open windows to ventilate your home. The next step is to purchase a carbon monoxide alarm and test the levels recorded in your home.
We would also urge you to visit your GP to see if you did suffer CO poisoning. A quick blood test can determine whether Carbon Monoxide had anything to do with your symptoms. Carbon monoxide poisoning acts fast, at high levels it can be lethal to you our your loved ones in under three minutes in some cases, so never take a risk with it.
As a long-term effect victims of CO poisoning can cause brain damage as well as heart disease, so it’s vital you get checked as soon as possible.
With Winter just around the corner, we advise you to make sure your boiler or any solid fuel burning appliance has been serviced to help prevent CO poisoning.
It’s also highly recommended to clean your chimney once a year and ensure it is well ventilated, especially now with the colder months coming.
To prevent these symptoms from occurring, you should install at least one carbon monoxide alarm in your home. This week we are offering a free CO alarm for every customer that purchases one of our house alarm systems.
Our carbon monoxide alarm comes with a smartphone app which reports the levels of carbon monoxide in your home. If they are rising, you can then book in with a certified installer to service any solid fuel burning appliance in your home.