The Association of personal injury lawyers supports Carbon monoxide bill

Carbon monoxide is a colourless, odourless and tasteless gas which is very difficult to detect and can easily be inhaled without realising it. Health experts are urging people to invest in Carbon Monoxide alarms due to the dangers of Carbon Monoxide ahead of the colder months. It is essential to invest in a carbon monoxide alarm, and at least 1 carbon monoxide alarm should be in your home. The alarms are designed to signal a warning when levels are reaching dangerous levels, which would allow you time to open a window and contact the appropriate authority or to evacuate your home depending on the level of danger.

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Being exposed to high concentration levels can be fatal to your health and cause several other long-term health problems such as brain damage. The following are early stages of Carbon Monoxide poisoning:

  • Weakness

  • Dizziness

  • Nausea

  • Dull headache

  • Shortness of breath

  • Blurred vision

  • Loss of consciousness

There are other measures you can take. To ensure you are safe you should make sure your boiler is checked regularly by a gas safe engineer. This is important as many boilers start to emit more and more harmful gasses, and checking it regularly could ensure you are safe, and the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning is reduced.

In order to ensure adequate measures are put in place MP Andrew Bingham has presented a Household Safety Bill to make carbon monoxide detectors compulsory in newly built homes and rented properties. The bill is still in progress and it is due for debate in the House of Commons on 5 December 2014. Kim Smerdon, a member of the association of personal injury lawyers, has supported this bill by saying, “This is excellent news. A carbon monoxide alarm is just as necessary in the home as a smoke alarm and can prevent unnecessary deaths from monoxide poisoning”.

The best way to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning is to make sure your home is safe.