The question why it is important to install a carbon monoxide alarm is best answered by taking a look at what carbon monoxide is, where it comes from and what it is capable of, if not detected early by a carbon monoxide alarm.
Produced in excess when carbon-based fuels like coal, gas, oil or wood do not burn properly, carbon monoxide is a tasteless, colourless and odourless gas. It is also a highly poisonous gas that, when allowed to enter the body, will prevent blood from supplying oxygen to the brain, other organs, cells and tissues.
Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning
Easily confused with common ailments like simply being tired, flu, viral infections or food poisoning, early symptoms indicating poisoning by carbon monoxide include:
- Breathlessness and chest pains
- Erratic behaviour
- Loss of consciousness
- Stomach pains
- Visual problems
- Vomiting or nausea
Unless detected quickly by a carbon monoxide alarm, this lethal gas can kill rapidly and with little to no warning. Improperly installed, maintained or ventilated flues and solid fuel, oil or gas appliances, and the subsequently produced carbon monoxide kills approximately 50 people every year.
Even comparatively low carbon monoxide levels that will not kill you immediately can, if breathed in over prolonged periods, cause serious damage to your health. Prolonged exposure to this gas could, in extreme cases, cause brain damage and paralysis.
Installing a carbon monoxide alarm
Installing a carbon monoxide alarm to warn you of the presence of this dangerous gas is therefore a sensible precaution that could ultimately save your life and the lives of your family.
If you live in a rented property, your landlord has a legal responsibility to maintain the property and the appliances therein in a good, safe working order to prevent slips, trips and falls, injuries by electrocution, fires or explosions and, of course, carbon monoxide poisoning.
If you were made ill by carbon monoxide or sustained an injury by slipping, tripping or falling, for instance, because your landlord did not do this, you may qualify for personal injury compensation.
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Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice