Jonathan & Rhodri warn of deadly Carbon Monoxide risk

Plaid Cymru’s Jonathan Edwards MP and Rhodri Glyn Thomas AM have urged Carmarthenshire residents to protect themselves against the deadly threat of Carbon Monoxide poisoning. New research from the Carbon Monoxide – Be Alarmed! campaign shows that 63% of households in Wales could be at risk of poisoning by not having an audible Carbon Monoxide alarm.

Carbon Monoxide – known as the silent killer – is a highly poisonous gas that has no colour, taste or smell, making it impossible to detect without an alarm. It is produced when fuel-burning appliances, such as gas boilers, cookers or fires, are incorrectly fitted, badly repaired or poorly maintained, or if flues, chimneys or vents are blocked.

Mr. Edwards and Mr. Thomas are supporting the Carbon Monoxide – Be Alarmed! campaign which encourages people to ensure they have an audible Carbon Monoxide alarm and that they have all fuel-burning appliances serviced annually by a registered and qualified engineer.

Jonathan Edwards MP said:

“Carbon Monoxide is a deadly gas that you can’t see, smell or taste. Too many people are dying or suffering severely from Carbon Monoxide poisoning, and we need to take action.

“I urge every resident in Carmarthenshire to make sure that they have an audible alarm and that they have their fuel-burning appliances serviced each year by a professional.”

“I would like to see a requirement for all new homes to be fitted with an alarm and also for landlords to be encouraged to provide an alarm in their properties.”

Rhodri Glyn Thomas AM added:

“Many people aren’t aware that Carbon Monoxide alarms are available at DIY stores, supermarkets, high street shops and directly from energy suppliers at a relatively small cost for something which will save lives.

“Carbon monoxide is produced when fuel-burning appliances are incorrectly fitted, badly repaired, poorly maintained or if flues, chimney or vents are blocked.

“Having an appropriate carbon monoxide alarm will protect families from this poisonous gas and help residents sleep soundly at night”.

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