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Countdown to Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week begins

Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week is taking place from Monday, 16 November to Sunday, 22 November.

The event, organised by the Carbon Monoxide Awareness charity, will be celebrating its 10th year.

HETAS – the official body for approving wood, biomass and other solid fuel heating appliances, fuels and services – is one of many organisations committed to raising awareness of the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) in line with Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week.

CO is an extremely poisonous gas that can be present in the fumes from the combustion of fuels that are not burnt under the correct conditions.

Fuels such as gas, oil, solid mineral and biomass all have the potential to emit CO. There are a number of common symptoms of CO poisoning, including headaches, breathlessness, nausea and visual problems.

In October 2010 it became mandatory for heating installers to provide a method of detecting the release of CO from solid fuel appliances in dwellings.

HETAS chief executive Bruce Allen said: “Homeowners should be having their chimneys swept twice a year by approved chimney sweeps before and after peak heating season, but if your appliance has emitted CO before it is particularly vital that you have this done, as well as having the appliance serviced by a HETAS-registered installer before you re-use it.

“It is important for homeowners to be reminded that a CO alarm is not a substitute for regular maintenance of their stoves.”

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