31% over 65s at risk in Wales from carbon monoxide poisoning

Mark Tami MP urges constituents, especially those over 65, to protect themselves against the deadly threat of carbon monoxide (CO).

New research from the Carbon Monoxide – Be Alarmed! campaign found that 31% of over 65s in Wales are at risk from this silent killer as they do not have a CO alarm fitted in their home.

From headaches to nausea, the symptoms of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning are being dangerously confused with seasonal illnesses. Despite one person dying every other week from CO poisoning in the UK the recent research from CO Be alarmed! shows that while 92 percent of over 65s have a smoke alarm only 62 percent have a carbon monoxide alarm that could save their lives.

Each year around 30 people die from CO poisoning, which can affect people before they are aware there is a problem so a CO alarm can be life-saving.

Mark Tami MP, said:

“I was surprised that there are 4.5 million people in the UK who are over 65 and who do not have a carbon monoxide alarm fitted. What shocked me the most was that 31% over 65s in Wales are at risk from carbon monoxide poisoning as they don’t have a life-saving alarm fitted.

“That’s why I am supporting calls from the Co Be Alarmed! campaign to ensure all families in Wales are aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide and make sure their older relatives have a carbon monoxide alarm.”

Abbie Sampson, Carbon Monoxide – Be Alarmed! spokesperson, said:

“You cannot see, smell or taste carbon monoxide and the symptoms can often be missed or confused with a cold or flu. That’s why having an audible carbon monoxide alarm fitted is so important.

“This Easter, as many families get together with older relatives, we are urging everyone to consider our ABC checklist on behalf of their older family members – do they have an Alarm, have the Batteries been tested and have they had an up-to-date gas Check. Buying an alarm can be as cheap as a couple of Easter eggs but could be the difference between life and death.”