Belfast Telegraph

Be vigilant against carbon monoxide

To mark Carbon Monoxide Awareness week (November 15-19) Newtownabbey Borough Council and Home Accident Prevention Newtownabbey are giving away 20 electronic CO alarms as prizes in a free draw.

Carbon Monoxide, known as CO, can kill in minutes and is produced in |dangerous amounts by the incomplete combustion of carbon based fuels such as wood, coal, oil or gas.

This incomplete combustion can be caused by a lack of sufficient air supply because air vents, chimneys or flues |are blocked and when heating appliances are faulty and not used correctly. When you breathe in Carbon Monoxide it prevents the body from absorbing oxygen, causing oxygen starvation, leading to severe damage and even death.

To help prevent CO poisoning, all heating appliances should be serviced annually by a qualified engineer.

Also, make sure that chimneys are swept regularly, especially before lighting a fire if it hasn’t been used for some time. Keep air vents clear and never block them up to prevent a draught.

If you live in rented accommodation check with your landlord to make sure they have appliances checked annually. Another way that you can help prevent CO poisoning is to use an audible CO alarm.

To win one of the CO alarms, enter the draw by sending in your name, address and telephone number on a postcard or sealed down envelope to: CO Competition, Newtownabbey Borough Council, Mossley Mill, Newtownabbey, BT36 5QA. The closing date for entries is 5pm on Friday, November 26. For further information contact Home Accident Prevention on 9034 0000 or visit www.hseni.gov.uk or www.covictim.co.uk

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