Be Aware - Carbon monoxide campaign
The 'Be Aware' project was a project running in areas of North Glasgow. Thanks to funding from The Gas Distribution Networks' Carbon Monoxide Collaboration Fund and The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, the project focussed on increasing awareness on the issue of carbon monoxide poisoning in the local area. RoSPA teamed up with NG homes to run this pilot project in anticipation of winter in order to ensure this life saving advice is available.
Tenants in Possilpark, Springburn, Parkhouse and Balornock received a 'Be Aware' resource, which aimed to raise awareness of the issue of Carbon Monoxide poisoning and bring them to the RoSPA website for further information.
Download the 'Be Aware' Carbon Monoxide Campaign Evaluation Report.
What is CO?
Often referred to as 'The Silent Killer', Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a tasteless, invisible and odourless gas which is caused by faulty or badly serviced gas appliances and other fossil fuel burning systems such as:
- Open fires
- Gas fires
- Blocked chimneys
The installation of Carbon Monoxide alarms has been statutory in Scotland for private landowners since 2013. However, it is important to note that an alarm is only a warning system.
Danger signs of CO
- Your boiler pilot light flame is burning orange, instead of blue
- Sooty stains on or near appliances
- Excessive condensation in the room
Specific prolonged symptoms to look out for include:
- loss of consciousness
If you experience these symptoms and signs in your home, follow these simple instructions:
- Open your doors and windows for fresh air, turn off all gas appliances and leave the house
- See your doctor or go to hospital and let them know that you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning
- Ask a Gas Safe Registered engineer to come and inspect your appliances
- If you think there is immediate danger, call the Scottish Gas Emergency Number on 0843 557 4307
To reduce your risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, take these simple precautions:
- Ensure your gas appliances are serviced annually by an engineer registered with the Gas Safe Register
- Make sure carbon monoxide alarms are working and test them regularly
- Ensure you know the warning signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide
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