Alyn and Deeside MP promotes carbon monoxide safety advice

In an upcoming episode of the popular soap opera of Coronation Street, viewers will see Fiz fall into a coma as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Alyn and Deeside MP Mark Tami is using this storyline as an opportunity to promote the importance of getting boilers tested annually and using a Gas Safe registered engineer.

Mark Tami MP said, “Carbon Monoxide poisoning can be deadly which is why it is excellent that awareness of the danger has been highlighted in Coronation Street through an upcoming storyline involving Fiz.”

The Heating and Hotwater Industry Council have come up with five tips to ensure people stay safe from carbon monoxide poisioning.

Their five top tips are:

  • Make sure the heating engineer is Gas Safe Registered and ask to see ID.
  • Get your boiler annually serviced for safety and to save money.
  • As well as Gas Safe Registered an installer can also belong to the HHIC national benchmark scheme which provides added reassurance regarding competency.
  • Fit a carbon monoxide alarm inside your home.
  • Be aware of the symptoms of CO poisoning. Remember the six main symptoms to look out for according to Gas Safe Register: headaches, dizziness, nausea, breathlessness, collapse and loss of consciousness.

The five top tips have been developed because carbon monoxide is known as the silent killer because it can build up in deadly quantities unknown to the victim.