We’ve all seen the adverts emphasising the importance of having a fully functioning, effective carbon monoxide alarm in the home.
So, why is carbon monoxide poisoning such a big deal, and why is it so important to prevent it?
Put simply, carbon monoxide poisoning is an extremely serious threat. The most dangerous levels of carbon monoxide in the air can put a person in danger of death in as little as one to three minutes. Other levels can take up to 15 minutes. Whilst lower amounts of carbon monoxide in the air are unlikely to see victims of carbon monoxide poisoning pay the ultimate price, it still won’t be a pleasant experience, with symptoms including:
- Fainting and bouts of unconsciousness
- Muscular weakness
- Sickness and diarrhoea
What can I do if I or my family experience any symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning?
If you, or anyone else in your home, starts to feel any of the symptoms associated with carbon monoxide poisoning, get some fresh air immediately and stop using any appliance which may be responsible. It’s best to get outside but you can also open windows and doors to get as much fresh air as possible into the house.
Once you are out, it’s vitally important that you seek medical attention. Go to your doctor and ask them to check for signs of carbon monoxide poisoning. Tests can be inaccurate because exposure to carbon monoxide has ceased and it will have left your blood once you got some fresh air, so it’s vitally important to explain the situation to the doctor.
How can I guard against the threat of carbon monoxide poisoning?
Having a carbon monoxide alarm is a vital installation for any home. This simple device will warn you the moment carbon monoxide levels in the air in your home get too high, giving you time to react and deal with the situation.
Following installation, the alarm function should be tested monthly and the batteries changed every 6 months.
Of course, even if you test every month, a defective alarm will still put you at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. If you fall ill as a result of a faulty alarm, you may well be due compensation.
Our expert advisors are on hand to answer claim queries, so give us a call on Helpline 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles.
Date Published: February 19, 2017
Author: Accident Advice