produced when fuels do not burn fully
Gas appliances which are not working properly can cause explosions and also give off poisonous carbon monoxide fumes.
Carbon monoxide is produced when fuels such as gas, oil, coal and wood do not burn fully. It is a highly poisonous gas. You can’t see it, taste it or smell it but it can kill quickly or cause serious injury with no warning. Symptoms include feeling tired and/or unwell, having headaches, chest pains and/or dizziness.
Danger signs of carbon monoxide on or around gas appliances can include:
Yellow or brown staining around or on appliances
Pilot lights that frequently blow out
Increased condensation inside windows
Yellow rather than blue flames (except for living flame fires).
The build-up of carbon monoxide can be a result of:
Appliances that have not been serviced or looked after properly
Burning fuel in an enclosed or unventilated space, where there are no air vents, windows or doors left open or ajar
Poor or improper installation or use of appliances - such as cooking and heating devices
Faulty or damaged appliances - heating or cooking
Heating appliance not maintained or serviced
Poorly ventilated rooms - sealed windows, no air bricks
Blocked chimneys or flues - birds’ nests, fallen bricks, growing vegetation, bad DIY
Using cooking appliances for heating purposes.
If you have a carbon monoxide detector which alerts you to the presence of this gas or you believe that you may be suffering from the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning you should:
- turn off the heating appliance immediately - open your doors and windows - vacate the premises - telephone gas supplier Cadent on 0800 111 999 - seek medical advice
After Cadent have attended your property and you have received medical advice, including a blood test, we will then arrange for a heating engineer to attend your property to investigate further.
Lincolnshire Housing Partnership Limited registered as a charitable Community Benefit Society under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 with registered number: 7748. Data Protection registration number: ZA345449
Registered Office: Westgate Park, Charlton Street, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, DN31 1SQ