The dangers of carbon monoxide – a campaign & giveaway (CLOSED)

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Do you know how safe your home is? I mean, if you have small babies or toddlers then you probably have stair gates, socket safety plugs, blind cords attached to the wall; you most likely lock your door to keep your home safe when you go out; you most definitely make sure candles are blown out before you go to bed? But did you know about the silent killer? That is, carbon monoxide poisoning.

Every year in the UK, over 200 people go to hospital with suspected carbon monoxide poisoning, and around 40 people die (with the elderly and small children being most at risk). That’s 40 more than it could be if everybody had a carbon monoxide detector in their home. Understandably in the current climate you may think that they are too costly, but can you really put a price on life, on the danger of something you might not know is there? We do have one in our home, though we only installed it a couple of years ago, so if we did have a carbon monoxide leak we would be warned of it; but what can you look out for if you don’t have one?

  • If the flame on your cooker is orange or yellow, you should get it checked because it should be crisp and blue
  • Dark staining on or around appliances
  • Sooty marks on the walls around boilers, stoves, or the cover of gas fires
  • Pilot lights that frequently go out
  • Increased condensation inside windows

Also being aware of the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning and therefore acting quickly could save your life. The main six to look out for are:
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Breathlessness
  • Collapse
  • Loss of consciousness

They are very easy to mistake for other illnesses but carbon monoxide poisoning is potentially far more dangerous.

CORGI HomePlan are campaigning about the importance of everybody having a carbon monoxide detector in their home and they have created a microsite to help you be aware of the dangers of gas appliances in your home.

If you don’t already own a CO detector, I am so pleased to be able to offer one to a lucky reader in this giveaway.

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I’m Stacey, in my mid-late 30’s, from a tiny village (officially a hamlet) in Lincolnshire.

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  1. I was aware how dangerous it was – very scary!


  2. Yes – I am very aware, and when we go abroad from now on, we will be taking a portable CM monitor with us!

  3. I am very aware of the dangers. – Tracy Newton

  4. I was aware of the dangers especially with recent events in news about holiday apartment with Thomas Cook I think. I have been silly really and not bought one, to be UK est I have relied on the yearly service of our boiler which is also silly. Thank you for the info and the chance!

  5. I am aware of the dangers, but didnt really know the symptoms till now x

  6. I was aware so I would like to win this for my son

  7. Yes, but my carbon monoxide alarm is soon to expire

  8. yes I am aware but have not got an alarm

  9. Yes i'm aware of the dangers x

  10. Yes. Though unfortunately I do not have an alarm.

    Rachel Craig

  11. i am aware how dangerous it is x

  12. I have become more aware with the recent tragic case that has been on the news

  13. I am now after being on holiday in a caravan and got carbon monoxide poisoning thankfully still here to tell the tale, unfortunately I don't have an alarm at home though x

  14. Yes, must get my house sorted

  15. Yes I have had carbon monoxide alarms before

  16. Some, knew of symptoms: headaches & nausea x

  17. Yes I am aware, it's the silent killer!

  18. I was aware of the dangers but now I live in an old property I am more concerned.

  19. Yes I am aware. Everyone should have an alarm

  20. Yes i am aware

  21. Yes – very aware

  22. I am aware of the dangers as at Uni I got carbon monoxide poisoning from a fire in the hair salon that was 4 storeys below me. Ended up in hopsital but could have been a lot worse if the fire fighters hadnt come and kicked my door in

  23. I was aware of the signs and dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning

  24. I was aware of some of the signs but not all

  25. Yes Im aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning

  26. Yes, I'm aware of the dangers

  27. Yes I was aware

  28. very aware and have an old monitor instead so new one would be great. gl everyone

  29. I was aware but thanks for reminding us of the symptoms

  30. Yes it's horrifying how silent and deadly co1 is any push for public awareness wins my vote

  31. Yes I am and I think a portable alarm is a great idea

  32. I am aware of the dangers

    Trevor Linvell

  33. I was aware of the dangers but not of all the symptoms and what to look out for so thank you for the info.

  34. Yes, that's why I want to win a detector.

  35. Yes, I am most definately aware of both the dangers and the symptoms, as many years ago, we had a new boiler fitted, but it was fitted incorrectly, and without us knowing, was leaking carbon monoxide into our home. The boiler was in a cupboard next to our baby son's room, and he started showing symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. Thankfully we took him straight to hospital, and thankfully he suffered no long lasting effects!

  36. A little, and have been meaning to get a detector.

  37. Yes, having had problems with gas in the past I've made sure I do

  38. I was aware of some of them x

  39. yes, unfortunately my landlady isn't! x

  40. Yes, but didn't realise until recently how many people are affected yearly

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