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What is it?
Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas. It can be given off by any appliance that burns fossil fuels such as gas, coal, wood or oil, if they’re not working properly, if the flue is blocked, or if the room is not properly ventilated.
Why is it so dangerous?
Carbon monoxide is odourless, colourless and tasteless, which makes it difficult to detect. However its effects are deadly.
Who is most at risk?
Some people mistakenly think that it is only gas heating systems which can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. However, it can happen with any fossil fuel, if the system, which includes both the appliance and the flue, is faulty or the room is not properly ventilated. Some people only associate carbon monoxide poisoning with rented accommodation, in fact more people are killed in owner-occupied rather than rented properties.
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