‘Carbon Monoxide awareness can save lives’ – McGreevy
Councillor Connaire McGreevy has lent his support to Northern Ireland’s first ever Carbon Monoxide Awareness Month which aims to help protect the public from the dangers of carbon monoxide.
The initiative, which was developed by the Carbon Monoxide Safety Group, is steered by the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI), which is warning against the dangers of this silent, but lethal killer.
McGreevy told Newry Times, “Carbon Monoxide continues to be the ‘silent killer’ as a colourless, odourless gas that poisons when undetected. With the growing energy efficient natural gas network in the Greater Newry and Warrenpoint areas it is common that boilers are placed internal in homes and businesses.
“Of course, these are installed by Gas Safe registered contractors but it is important that they are serviced each year and that a proper functioning Carbon Monoxide Detector is located close to them.
“It is vitally important to raise awareness of the potential dangers linked to Carbon Monoxide which is produced in the burning of all fuels – oil, gas, coal and wood. I would urge everyone to familiarise themselves with the dangers which can result from exposure and the measures which should be taken to keep everyone safe.
“The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are often difficult to diagnose, mimicking those of other common illnesses such as flu and headaches. It is crucial that people remain vigilant and have their appliances serviced on a regular basis.
McGreevy added, “It is imperative that every home is fitted with a carbon monoxide alarm so that we can prevent needless tragedy as a result of faulty fuel-burning appliances.”
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