Carbon Monoxide Awareness

4th January 2015

Carbon Monoxide Awareness

image (32)

After a number of claims we have seen recently, we thought it worthwhile raising awareness on the dangers and how to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a colourless and odourless gas, making its presence difficult to detect. It is formed when domestic fuels such as gas, coal, wood and charcoal are burned and by petrol engines. When fuel burns in an enclosed space, the oxygen in the room is gradually used up and replaced with carbon dioxide. If carbon dioxide builds up in the air, the fuel is prevented from burning fully and starts releasing carbon monoxide instead. As a result, people breathing in this air will be poisoned.  Symptoms of CO poising will vary with the level of exposure and can range from mild where the person exposed may suffer a headache, nausea and vomiting and feeling “flu like” to more serious symptoms of dizziness, drowsiness, collapse, seizures and even death. Exposure to CO may have long term consequences with severe neurological problems.

The source of the Carbon Monoxide does not have to be your own property. We have recently acted for a family who were poisoned by fumes from the neighbouring flat where a boiler had been negligently serviced some 6 months before by a registered engineer.

There are a number of precautionary steps you can take to protect yourself and family like ensuring appliances are regularly service by a registered Gas Safe (previously Corgi) but the purchase of a CO monitor which will alert you to a high level of CO and be able to take immediate action.  The monitors are relatively inexpensive usually around £20 to £30.

If you would like to seek advice on making a claim for carbon monoxide poisoning, contact Sian Mullane on 01473 298131 or email for free initial advice.  We also offer a ‘no win no fee’ payment scheme

Blog Posts

Why women mean business…


Today is International Women’s Day, the annual celebration of the social, economic, cultural and…

Read More
Upcoming Events

Inheritance Tax and Wills Planning Seminar


What the seminar will cover... Inheritance Tax: - When does it apply; what are…

Read More
News Posts

Events Firm is the Only Show in Town After Move to New Home


An expanding Ipswich events business is taking centre stage after moving into a new…

Read More


"Everything was dealt with in a compassionate and friendly manner"

- AW

"Pat's service is always extremely efficient and very approachable"

- AO

"Relieved that I could leave you to deal with the legal aspect of my late husbands estate"

- DG

"We cannot thank you enough for all your hard work and sticking with us. You have been amazing and showed a lot of patience when dealing with this case and all for no reward for yourself, thank you."

- Dean Kentfield

"Approachable, very efficient, always willing to take my calls and update me."

- SH

"We were very pleased to have Jade as our solicitor, the service was excellent and we felt kept in the loop which minimised stress"

- CT

"I have used Tracey Hammond at Gotelee on a number of occasions and in my opinion, she is simply the most efficient conveyancing solicitor I have ever worked with. From the outset, she took the time to understand my specific business requirements and to date, she has exceeded all of my expectations."

- Dale Fiddy - Portobello Developments Ltd

"I don't think this house sale would have pulled together without Jo's determination and expertise. Excellent!"

- MT

"Jade Shelton was absolutely fantastic!! Professional and proactive at all times."

- JH

"This is by far the go-to firm for any issues. You are made to feel valued from the outset and they are so confident in what they do. Wouldn't recommend any other. Thank you Hugh and Max."

- Ros Jones

Please select preferred method of contact

* We will only contact you by telephone if you select this as primary form of contact.