Gas – Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Safety – Accident Prevention
Protect your family from the devastating effects of carbon monoxide poisoning abroad
Carbon Monoxide is a deadly gas you cannot see and cannot smell and can kill in seconds.
The toxic gas is omitted by faulty gas appliances such as cooking appliances and heating systems.
You must purchase a carbon monoxide alarm (around £20) which will alert you instantly if gas is detected. This cheap device will protect you and your family at your most vulnerable time which is when you are asleep.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Accidents – Safety advice:
- Always take a battery operated audible carbon monoxide (CO) alarm on holiday and leave it in your room. You can use the same CO alarm in your home when you return
- Check gas appliances in your accommodation for warning signs – lazy yellow flames on the gas fire or cooker instead of clean blue flames, black marks or stains around the fire or boiler, pilot lights that blow out easily and too much condensation in the room
- If you have any concerns report them immediately to the hotel’s reception, your holiday representative and tour operator
- Know the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning – headache, dizziness, nausea, breathlessness, collapse, loss of consciousness
- Never use gas cookers as a form of room heating
- If you are staying in a UK holiday home such as a caravan or B&B, check that the Landlord has had a legal annual gas safety check carried out and has had gas appliances serviced regularly. You can ask the owner for an up-to-date Landlord’s gas safety certificate
- If you smell gas or think there might be a gas leak: turn off the gas at the meter or the supply using the tap on the bottle
- Extinguish all naked flames, open windows and doors
- Do not switch electrical appliances including lights on or off
- Leave the building and allow plenty of time for the gas to disperse
- Never attempt to locate the source of a gas leak yourself
- Seek medical advice if you feel unwell
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Accident on Holiday? – Speak to a Holiday Accident Specialist regarding compensation for your injuries.