15 November 2010

It’s Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week and Northamptonshire County Council’s fire and rescue service is urging people to get a carbon monoxide detector.

Carbon monoxide gas is a silent killer; every year the highly toxic, odourless and tasteless gas kills at least 50 people and seriously injures a further 200 in Britain.

Councillor Andre Gonzalez de Savage, county council cabinet member for customers and communities said: “Carbon monoxide is a highly toxic gas but unfortunately the majority of people still do not have a carbon monoxide detector in their homes.

“On behalf of Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service, I want to urge everyone to invest in these potentially life-saving devices. We would also advise people to make sure that their gas heating systems are fitted, serviced and maintained by a Gas Safe Registered engineer.”

Carbon monoxide poisoning can be caused by inhaling fumes from fuel burning appliances and flues that are not properly installed or maintained or that are poorly ventilated. Symptoms include headaches, dizziness, tiredness and nausea and can be mistaken for flu, a virus or even food poisoning.

Carbon Monoxide (CO) Awareness Week runs from 15 – 19 November and is organised by registered charity CO-Awareness which aims to educate the public about the dangers of carbon monoxide.

To find out more about the dangers of carbon monoxide and how you can protect yourself from them visit the CO-Awareness website at www.covictim.org.

Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service has thirty free carbon monoxide detectors to give away.

To be in with a chance of winning one, people should send their name and address to enquiries@northantsfire.org.uk marked Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week or write to Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters, Moulton Way, Northampton, NN3 6XJ and mark the envelope Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week.

People can also enter their details via the county council’s Twitter account @mycountycouncil. Closing date is 19th November, winners will be picked at random the following week.