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Carbon Monoxide

It is often called the silent killer, with six people dying on average in Ireland every year as a result of unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning. The colourless, odourless and tasteless gas is produced anywhere fossil fuels are burned; as a result, more than 365,000 people are unaware that they are at risk in their own homes. But there’s loads you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones from the deadly gas, and prevent it from occurring.


  • Remember, carbon monoxide can come from ANY fuel that burns, including coal, turf, oil, gas and wood
  • Get your boiler serviced and chimney swept once a year
  • Keep flues and vents clear at all times
  • Install an audible carbon monoxide alarm, which display the CE Mark, comply with the EN 50291 standard and have end-of-life indicators


If you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning, stop using any fuel burning appliances, ventilate the property, call emergency services on 999 from outside the property. Arrange for an inspection of your appliances by a registered gas installer, oil technician or qualified service agent for your fuel type before reusing the appliance, or if you burn coal in an open fireplace, arrange to have to chimney cleaned regularly. And of course, install an audible carbon monoxide alarm.

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