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Playing is one of the best ways for babies and children to discover the world around them.

However, unlike when they’re in the bathroom or kitchen, we’re sometimes less vigilant and assume our kids are safe when they’re playing quietly in other parts of the house.

The best way to make sure your child is safe is to play with them, so that you can teach them what is and isn’t dangerous. Having said that, we know it’s not practical to watch your child every single second of the day. That’s why it’s important to take some simple steps to make sure both your home and their toys are safe...

 
CO symptoms are similar to those of flu or food poisoning, which is why people mistake them for something else. The main symptoms to look out for are:

 

  • headaches
  • dizziness
  • nausea
  • breathlessness
  • collapse
  • loss of consciousness.

Remember, if your symptoms only occur when you’re at home and then disappear when you go out, or if other people in your household suffer from similar symptoms, this could be a sign of carbon monoxide poisoning and you need to act fast.

If your carbon monoxide alarm sounds, or if you suspect you have a leak, you need to act fast:

  • Get fresh air immediately. Open doors and windows, turn off gas appliances and leave the house
  • See your doctor immediately or go to hospital – let them know that you suspect CO poisoning. They can do a blood or breath test to check
  • If you think there is an immediate danger, call the Gas Emergency Helpline on 0800 111 999
  • Ask a Gas Safe registered engineer to inspect your gas appliances and flues to see if there is a fault.
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