Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colourless, odourless, tasteless, poisonous gas produced
by incomplete burning of carbon-based fuels, including gas, oil, wood and coal.
What are the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning?
Early symptoms of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning can mimic many common ailments and
may easily be confused with food poisoning, viral infections, flu or simple tiredness.
Symptoms to look out for include:
headaches or dizziness
loss of consciousness
pains in the chest or stomach
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If you or your family experience any of the above symptoms and believe you may have
been exposed to carbon monoxide, you should seek urgent medical advice from either
your GP or an A&E department.
What should I do if I think my appliance is spilling carbon monoxide?
Call the National Gas Emergency Service on 0800 111 999
Switch off the appliance and shut off the gas supply at the meter control valve
Open all doors and windows to ventilate the room
For more information visit the Health & Safety Executive web site