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What Is Carbon Monoxide

It is toxic gas with fumes impossible to see, taste or smell. It is often referred to as the “silent killer” as its effects can be deadly and you can die from inhalation before you are even aware of it.

How is it produced?

Carbon monoxide (CO) is produced by the incomplete burning of various fuels, including coal, wood, charcoal, oil, kerosene, propane, and natural gas.

Who is at risk from Carbon Monoxide?

All people and animals are at risk for CO poisoning. Certain groups such as pregnant women, unborn babies, children, the elderly and people with chronic heart disease, anemia, or respiratory problems are more susceptible to its effects.

Which domestic appliances can produce Carbon Monoxide?

Any appliances that use gas, oil, kerosene, or wood can produce carbon monoxide. The most common fuel burning appliances that can produce carbon monoxide around the home are:

  • Gas space heaters
  • Gas wall furnaces
  • Gas central heating systems
  • Gas decorative log fires
  • Gas hot water heater service
  • Gas or wood stoves and ovens
  • Wood heaters
  • Gas refrigerators
  • Charcoal/Wood grills(Kettle BBQ,Heat Beads® BBQ Briquettes)
  • LP Gas BBQ
  • Portable Camping Gas Stove (Butane/LPG)
  • Gas patio heaters
  • Gas or petrol driven generators
  • Motor vehicles

Operating these appliances in poorly vented or enclosed spaces or where vents, chimney and flue-pipes are blocked can increase the chances of carbon monoxide being produced.

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