Prevention of carbon monoxide poisoning

Carbon monoxide alarms

Carbon monoxide alarms are an excellent way to detect high levels of carbon monoxide and take immediate action.

Headway has teamed up with fire safety products retailer Safelincs to sell carbon monoxide alarms. Customers can choose from four models at a range of prices, ensuring there is something available for all budgets, and Headway receives £2 for every alarm sold.

Click here to buy a carbon monoxide alarm through the Safelincs Headway shop

Don'ts

  • Do not use poorly maintained appliances that burn gas or other fossil fuels
  • Do not burn charcoal in an enclosed space
  • Do not operate petrol-powered engines indoors or in enclosed spaces
  • Do not install, convert or service fuel-burning appliances without proper expertise
  • Do not use gas appliances if they produce yellow flames and deposit soot on walls
  • Do not use unflued appliances in small closed-up rooms
  • Do not use gas cookers for heating rooms
  • Do not sleep in a bedroom with a paraffin heater or an unflued gas fire

Dos

  • Do employ a qualified, reputable and registered engineer for work on all fuel-burning appliances
  • Do employ a suitably qualified engineer, who is registered with the Gas Safe Register (formerly CORGI), for work on gas appliances
  • Do have fuel-burning appliances checked regularly by a qualified engineer
  • Do fit a carbon monoxide alarm that meets British or European Standards
  • Do make sure chimneys and flues are clean and not blocked
  • Do make sure that all rooms are well ventilated when an appliance is being used
  • Do fit an extractor fan in your kitchen