Are missing carbon monoxide detectors endangering thousands?

Carbon Monoxide has no colour, no physical form and no smell. It is essentially undetectable to humans, except for the invention of specific Carbon Monoxide alarms. With that being the case, are thousands of households at risk (including private tenants) every day due to not having these life saving tools installed within their home?

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96% unaware of symptoms

A study conducted prior to this year’s Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week (November 21st – 27th,) has indicated that up to 96% of parents would not be able to attach particular symptoms of Carbon Monoxide poisoning to the actual disease itself.

The major problem with the symptoms of Carbon Monoxide is that many can be attributed to many other conditions and so make it almost impossible to tell without any sort of aid. Symptoms include:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Drowsiness

All of these symptoms can often be attached to much more common problems. This escalates the risk of suffering from CO poisoning without assistance. In the last year 40 Britons died with 260 injured at the hands of the silent killer.


Having alarms is essential

There are many ways appliances in the home can leak Carbon Monoxide, whether is is because of an incorrect installation, poor maintenance, failure to ensure there is adequate ventilation or not replacing outdated models. Boilers, cookers and fires can all leak Carbon Monoxide, and if left untreated can kill in mere minutes, making CO alarms incredibly valuable.

It was also revealed that 1 in 10 people in rented accommodation do not have a CO alarm installed despite it being a legal requirement to be provided by landlords. If you are in this situation and are in the 1 in 10 who require an alarm, it is highly advisable to ask about getting one installed sooner than later as many cases we have handled involving Carbon Monoxide poisoning have been serious inhalation injuries.

Carbon Monoxide alarms can help prevent unnecessary deaths


Legal help

If you, a family member or a friend has suffered at the hands of Carbon Monoxide poisoning or any other illness resulting from poor maintenance and equipment that should have been looked after and provided (such as problems with damp and mould spores), then we can assist.

We cater to all types of personal injury including diseases and poisoning issues. We operate a no win no fee policy allowing you to make a claim in confidence (knowing you won’t have to pay a penny if your claim is unsuccessful).

If you would like free, impartial, conscientious advice on making a claim for an injury, you can call one of our specialist advisers on 01695 722 222 or you can fill out our online claim form to get started straight away. With no risk to making a claim, call today to see what we can do for you.


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