Community Safety 

Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning 

 

Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

  • Make sure home heating and cooking appliances are safe and well maintained.
  • Boilers, cookers, heating systems and other appliances that burn gas, oil, coal and wood (all carbon based fuels) should be installed and regularly serviced by a reputable, registered engineer - Qualified Engineer.
  • Make sure rooms are well-ventilated and do not block air vents.
  • For double-glazed or draught-proofed homes ensure there is still enough air circulating for any heaters that are in the room.
  • Always use gas or other carbon-fuelled tools in a well-ventilated area and put the engine unit and exhaust outside. Do not use carbon fuelled equipment and tools inside your home if you can avoid it.
  • Always use a safety mask when using chemicals that contain methylene chloride.
  • Do not leave petrol-fuelled lawnmowers or cars running in the garage.
  • Do not burn charcoal (e.g. disposable barbecue or outdoor heater) either indoors or in an enclosed space (e.g. tent, caravan or garage)
  • Do not sleep in a room that has an unflued gas fire or a paraffin heater.
  • Fit an extractor fan in your kitchen (if it does not already have one).
  • Do not use a barbeque or chiminea inside your home for cooking or for heating.