- A yellow or orange flame on your cooker - it should be crisp and blue
- Dark staining on or around your appliances
- Sooty marks on the walls around boilers, stoves or the cover of gas fires
- The Pilot light that frequently go out
- Increased condensation inside your windows
If you think you have a carbon monoxide leak:
- Get fresh air
- Turn off the appliance
- Leave the house and seek medical attention
- Call 0800 085 0845
If your appliance or boiler is faulty you wouldn't even know as Carbon Monoxide is tasteless, odourless and colourless. It is a silent killer and even a small amount can cause you serious harm. According to NHS statistics carbon monoxide poisoning is responsible for killing 40 people and hospitalising more than 200 victims in the UK each year.
Although it isn't law I think every home should have a Carbon Monoxide detector in them. They work by detecting small amounts of gas that are escaping from your faulty appliances before they become dangerous to you or your family. Detectors vary in price but start from a few ££. They really are worth the investment, lets face it you can't put a price on your life or that of your family?
By knowing the signs of Carbon Monoxide poisoning you could save someone's life.The six symptoms to look for are:
- Loss of consciousness