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Carbon Monoxide Safety

Research suggests that in the UK only 52% of homes have a carbon monoxide detector. Each year in the UK 4,000 people are admitted to A&E with carbon monoxide poisoning, 200 people are hospitalised and 50 people die. Preventing this tragedy can be really easy, so we’ve put together some quick facts below to help raise awareness and give advice on how you can protect yourself.

What is Carbon Monoxide?  

Carbon monoxide is a chemical produced when a fuel does not burn completely and can be produced by appliances that are not working or installed correctly.

It is poisonous to humans because the molecules attach themselves to hemoglobin, preventing the transport of blood around the body. It is also impossible for a person to detect as it has no smell or taste. The symptoms are tiredness & confusion, headache, dizziness, nausea, sickness, shortness of breath, loss of consciousness or coordination. Open any windows/doors you can to get fresh air, turn off all your appliances and go to a doctor or hospital immediately.

As a heating oil user, am I at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning?

Carbon monoxide is usually associated with gas appliances, but your oil fired appliances can also produce carbon monoxide if not properly installed or maintained.

Get a carbon monoxide detector

Get a carbon monoxide detector

Our heating services engineer can supply you with a carbon monoxide detector when he/she visits your home. Alternatively, you can visit our online shop and buy it online.

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How can I prevent carbon monoxide?

How can I prevent carbon monoxide?

You should have your oil boiler serviced once a year by an OFTEC registered engineer, additionally, you should buy a carbon monoxide detector for your home.

We have OFTEC registered engineers that can perform a boiler service to ensure your oil boiler is safe and working efficiently. You can book a service online or call us on 0800 542 4208.

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