It's important to know how Carbon Monoxide is produced, and we are glad you're investing the time into researching how you can operate safely.
Carbon Monoxide is produced by the incomplete combustion of carbon-containing fuels, e.g. gas, coal, oil and wood. Gas stoves, fires, heating boilers, and many more appliances we rely on. The problem arises when these appliances are poorly maintained, not serviced and housed in poorly ventilated areas. This is why we encourage you to pay the small charge (if any charge at all) to book in a routine check every year to ensure you appliances are still safe to use. Alongside this, as mentioned above, we encourage the purchase of a Carbon Monoxide Alarm.
As Carbon Monoxide has no taste or smell, we strongly suggest investing in a Carbon Monoxide Alarm. These can be purchased from a variety of places, both online and brick and mortar stores. For such a small short-term cost, it can save you (literally) in the long run.
This is what the NHS recommends, in their detailed 'Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Article'
If you notice any of these signs, please take immediate action. Follow the steps below, alongside seeking medical attention (if you're suffering from symptoms of Carbon Monoxide poisoning.
Open all Windows and Doors
Either put out the fire, or let it burn itslef out (please be careful whilst doing this)
Stay in the room for as little time as needed.
Contact a professional to look into the state of your appliance, before using it again.
We want you to enjoy a cosy fire over winter, however, we want you to be safe doing so. This article was created to make you aware of the risks of Carbon Monoxide, how it is produced, and what to do when maintaining your appliances. This was not made to discourage you to use Smokeless Fuels, Coals & Ovals, or Firewood, as these are fantastic alternative fuels that can be used to save you money this winter.