Signs of carbon monoxide in your home

Signs of carbon monoxide may include:

  • staining, sooting or discolouring around an appliance
  • condensation on your windows and/or walls when an appliance is on
  • a strange smell when an appliance is on (remember: carbon monoxide itself has no smell but other fumes produced by burning may smell.)
  • a yellow or orange flame on a gas appliance that is normally blue

Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning

Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning can include:

  • flu-like symptoms e.g. drowsiness and headaches
  • chest pains
  • nausea (feeling sick)
  • diarrhoea
  • dizziness
  • lack of energy (general lethargy)

Other clues that might indicate that carbon monoxide is causing the symptoms include:

  • symptoms occurring when a particular appliance is on
  • others in the property (including pets) suffering similar symptoms
  • symptoms improving when you are away from the property

What to do if you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning

  • Open doors and windows to ventilate the area.
  • Stop using/turn off any fuel-burning appliances immediately.
  • Get everyone out into fresh air.
  • If you're sure you are not suffering any symptoms related to carbon monoxide poisoning, call a qualified service agent to check your appliances before you re-use them.
  • If you are still worried, call the Carbon Monoxide Awareness Line on 1800 89 89 89.

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