GAS SAFE NEWS 2012
Gas Safe Register warns the public – don’t mistake potentially
fatal CO poisoning for flu
2nd October 2012
With flu season upon us, many people will be suffering from
headaches, dizziness and nausea. While these are common flu
symptoms, they are also the tell tale signs of potentially fatal
carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.
A recent survey, carried out by Gas Safe Register, found that
there is widespread confusion among the public about the symptoms
of CO poisoning. Over half of people think memory loss (54 per
cent) and a funny taste in the mouth (51 per cent) are main
symptoms of CO poisoning.
With confusion rife, flu season underway and around 4,000 people
a year going to hospital with CO symptoms, Gas Safe Register wants
to remind the public of the six symptoms of CO poisoning. Knowing
the signs of this silent killer could save your life.
The six symptoms of CO poisoning are:
- collapse; and
- loss of consciousness.
Paul Johnston, chief executive of Gas Safe Register, comments:
“A good way to differentiate between flu and CO poisoning is to see
if symptoms improve when you’re outdoors in the fresh air. In
addition, if other family members or pets are suffering similar, or
the same symptoms to you, then it could be CO poisoning. If you
suspect CO is leaking in your home, open windows and doors, turn
off the gas supply and seek medical attention immediately. Even low
levels of CO, when breathed in over a long period of time, can
cause serious harm to a person’s health and may lead to paralysis
and brain damage.”
“You can’t see, taste or smell CO gas, however, there
are ways of protecting yourself and your family. Firstly, recognise
the symptoms. Secondly, CO is caused by faulty, poorly fitted and
badly maintained appliances, so get yours checked regularly and
only ever use a Gas Safe registered engineer. Lastly, as a further
line of defence, install a CO alarm in your home. Much like a fire
alarm it will be able to alert you should CO gas be
For more information about Gas Safe Register, CO poisoning and
finding legal, qualified gas engineers in your area – visit
call the helpline on 0800 408 5500.
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