Effects of Carbon Monoxide

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Information

Your health depends on the safety of your heating appliances. If you have been injured as a result of CO poisoning you could claim compensation.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Exposure from Fault Boiler

What causes carbon monoxide poisoning?

  • Poorly maintained gas appliances eg: central heating systems, gas fires etc
  • Inadequate ventilation eg blocked or leaky flues and chimneys

These fumes are typically produced by gas appliances (or other heating appliances) in the home or in the workplace as an exhaust gas. Maintenance of those appliances is crucial to make sure carbon monoxide is expelled as a harmless gas into the atmosphere and avoids poisoning people.

What are the medical symptoms?

The symptoms of poisoning vary with the amount of gas inhaled:

  • Low level - feelings of nausea, headaches, shortness of breath and dizziness
  • High level - potentially fatal

Seek help immediately if you have had exposure to Carbon Monoxide gas.

Signs of gas leaks:

  • sooty deposits on or around appliances, and
  • flames which burn yellow instead of blue

If you have concerns about carbon monoxide or a gas leak you should call the gas emergency line on 0800 111 999.

Your landlord or employer could have let you down and you may wish to know whether you can claim compensation.

To find out more read our guide now. PDF file

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Gavin Evans | Partner &  Head of Industrial Disease | Simpson Millar LLP

Gavin Evans
Partner, Head of Industrial Disease

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