Carbon Monoxide is highly dangerous and can occur in any setting where oil, gas, coal or turf are being burned. You can’t see it or smell it. In fact it is often called “the silent killer”. You can protect your home from the dangers of this deadly gas by taking preventive measures and by learning to recognise the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning.
We recommend that all customers learn about carbon monoxide. There is a very informative document called The Facts About Carbon Monoxide, which details what you need to know. You can open the guide by clicking on the button to the right.
Carbon Monoxide Awareness
Carbonmonoxide.ie is a website specifically designed to inform people about the dangers of Carbon Monoxide. The website explains what Carbon Monoxide, the risks to people in the home and what safety precautions you can take.
Carbon Monoxide Safety Precautions
We would advise all customers to visit the Carbon Monoxide website and inform themselves of the dangers of carbon monoxide. Below is a list of measures you can take in your home to make it safer for you and your family:
- Ensure your appliances are correctly installed and SERVICED ANNUALLY
- Ensure that rooms in your home containing heating appliances are properly ventilated - NEVER BLOCK VENTS
- Make sure all chimneys are regularly swept and kept clear
- Use appliances only for the PURPOSE for which they were designed, e.g. do not use a cooker to heat a room
- NEVER use any appliance if you suspect it might be faulty
- If undertaking ALTERATIONS to your home which may affect the safety or efficiency of your heating installation (e.g. adding an extension, converting a garage, removing internal walls, changing a living room into a bedroom, double glazing / weather sealed doors) follow this safety advice:
- Do not block or build around any existing air vents or flues
- If creating a new living space, ensure it has ventilation in accordance with Building Regulations
- If adding additional radiators ensure that your boiler can cope with the additional capacity
- If you are altering or adding appliances to a natural gas or LPG installation, ensure that work is carried out to IS813:2002 Domestic Gas Installations
- Get professional advice on ventilation and flueing before embarking on alterations to your house. Contact your fuel supplier for details of qualified personnel
- Use Carbon Monoxide alarms but remember these are no substitute for regular inspection and maintenance of appliances, vents, flues and chimneys. Check that the Carbon Monoxide alarm complies with the EN 50291 standard.
Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week
The dangers associated with carbon monoxide are promoted to the general public every year through Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week.
The annual event is held in September or October each year and in 2017 it ran from September 25th to October 1st. There is much more information about the promotion campaign along with lots of useful information on the Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week page of the website.
If you want to view the promotional video for the 2017 campaign, click on the button below:
There are also a very useful video, explaining where to install a carbon monoxide alarm in your home. To view the video, click on the button below: