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Jersey Fire and Rescue Service advise Islanders of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning

21 August 2020

Two fire appliances outside Fire Station

Jersey Fire and Rescue Service is advising Islanders of the dangers associated with carbon monoxide poisoning, and how to reduce the risks of this happening to you.

According to national statistics, carbon monoxide known as the ‘silent killer’, accounts for around 50 deaths and hundreds of injuries a year.

Poisoning most commonly occurs when gas appliances such as cookers, heaters and fires are fitted incorrectly or are poorly maintained. Chimneys flues and vents that have faults can also be responsible.

John Lloyd, Crew Commander said: "There are still a number of fatalities and injuries occurring due to carbon-monoxide poisoning each year; any number is too many, given this is something we have the tools to prevent.

"Carbon monoxide alarms are something each household should have installed in all rooms that have solid fuel gas or paraffin heaters. In short, they are lifesavers and are highly recommended by JFRS.

"I would urge Islanders to familiarise themselves with how to reduce the risks, and the warning signs of CO poisoning."

The main signs of carbon-monoxide leaks in the home are:

  • Black, sooty marks on the front covers of gas fires.
  • Sooty or yellow/ brown stains on or around boilers or stoves.
  • Yellow flames coming from gas appliances. The flames should be blue.
  • Flames that are not fully formed, i.e. the flame isn’t the whole way around the gas ring.
  • Increased and unexplained condensation on windows.

The main signs of carbon-monoxide poisoning include:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Breathlessness
  • Collapse
  • Loss of consciousness

To find out more about carbon-monoxide poisoning, see here.

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