Over half of Irish households (55%) don’t have a carbon monoxide alarm

  • Majority of Irish households believe they could do more to protect themselves from CO poisoning
  • Low consumer awareness exists of link between certain fossil fuels and CO such as wood and BBQ charcoal
  • 1 in 5 have not had their boiler serviced in two years or longer
  • 1 in 10 households don’t know when their boiler was serviced last
  • The fuels we use to enable us to heat our homes and cook our food. But they need to be used with care
  • Carbon monoxide (CO) is frequently known as ‘the silent killer’ because
    of its colourless and odourless properties, and can kill in less than three minutes
  • On average, six people in Ireland die every year as a result of
    unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning and many more are made ill
  • The deadly gas can be produced by any fossil fuel when burned – coal,turf, oil, gas or even wood

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