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Coronation Street tackles CO poisoning

Millions of Coronation Street fans recently saw character Fiz Brown, played by Jennie McAlpine, suffer from deadly carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, caused from a faulty gas boiler.

The scenes mirror real-life deaths caused by CO poisoning in the UK every year.

Known as the ‘silent killer’ because you can’t see it, taste it or smell it, CO is produced when gas appliances are not working properly – either because they have been fitted badly or poorly maintained.

In the past year, 50 people have died from CO poisoning and more than 4,000 have been affected.

Ms McAlpine hopes the storyline has helped raise awareness of the silent killer and will stop people from having illegal gas work carried out in their homes.

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