Each time a fireplace is used, soot collects on the inside of the chimney. An excess build up of soot inside a chimney will eventually cause smoke to back up and flow into your home or, worse still, start a fire inside the chimney. An inexpensive annual sweep by a professional, will significantly reduce the risk of these problems occurring.
It is very important to have a carbon monoxide alarm fitted in any room with an appliance which can produce carbon monoxide. An alarm will pick up on carbon monoxide being released into the air and alert the household.
If you suspect a carbon monoxide or gas leak please leave the property as quickly and safely as possible then call the Fire service
The signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are not always obvious, especially during low-level exposure. Some people may also have a pre-existing condition with similar symptoms. The symptoms of exposure to low levels of carbon monoxide (CO) can be similar to those of many other conditions, such as food poisoning and flu. However, unlike flu, carbon monoxide poisoning does not cause a high temperature (fever).The most common symptoms include:
Your symptoms may be less severe when you are away from the source of the carbon monoxide. The longer you inhale carbon monoxide, the worse your symptoms will be. You may lose balance, vision and memory. Eventually, you may lose consciousness. This can happen within two hours, if there is a lot of carbon monoxide in the air.Long-term exposure to low levels of carbon monoxide can also lead to neurological symptoms, including:
Pets may be the first to show signs of carbon monoxide poisoning because they are vulnerable to the effects of the gas. The smaller an animal or a person is, the faster this will affect them. If your pet suddenly becomes ill or dies unexpectedly, and death is not related to old age or an existing health condition, you should investigate the possibility of a carbon monoxide leak.