Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colourless, odourless, tasteless, poisonous gas produced by incomplete burning of carbon-based fuels, including gas, oil, wood and coal. Carbon-based fuels are safe to use. It is only when the fuel does not burn properly that excess CO is produced, which is poisonous.  When CO enters the body, it prevents the blood from bringing oxygen to cells, tissues, and organs.

You can’t see it, taste it or smell it but CO can kill quickly without warning. According to the HSE statistics every year around 15 people die from CO poisoning caused by gas appliances and flues that have not been properly installed, maintained or that are poorly ventilated. Levels that do not kill can cause serious harm to health if breathed in over a long period. In extreme cases paralysis and brain damage can be caused as a result of prolonged exposure to CO. Increasing public understanding of the risks of CO poisoning and taking sensible precautions could dramatically reduce this risk.

Carbon Monoxide can be produced by any combustion appliance.  If you have one of these appliances you should make sure that it is serviced and maintained by a competent person.

What are the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning?

Early symptoms of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning can mimic many common ailments and may easily be confused with food poisoning, viral infections, flu or simple tiredness. Symptoms to look out for include:

  • headaches or dizziness
  • breathlessness
  • nausea
  • loss of consciousness
  • tiredness
  • pains in the chest or stomach
  • erratic behaviour
  • visual problems

We are donors and supporters of
The Katie Haines Memorial Trust
khmt-logo

Book an engineer
If you are experiencing problems with your gas, heating or plumbing services then please free phone 0333 577 1600 (from landlines and mobiles)

Why choose us?

• We provide AM or PM appointments
• We respect properties
• We always provide a qualified engineer
• We are competitive with costs
• We guarantee quality
• We have a strong reputation

Emergency contact

Smell gas?
Call the gas emergency service on
0800 111 999
The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide