Ireland's fifth annual Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week is taking place on Monday September 26 to Sunday October 2.
Known as the 'silent killer' carbon monoxide is colourless, odourless and very difficult to detect. It can kill in less than three minutes and on average, six people in Ireland die every year as a result of exposure to Carbon Monoxide poisioning.
The campaign aims to raise awareness of the dangers of carbon monoxide and highlight the measures that can be taken to prevent it. The campaign highlights how to know where it comes from, the importance of servicing your appliences, keeping chimneys and vents clear and installing a carbon monoxide alarm.
Knowing the symptoms of illness caused by Carbon Monoxide poisioning is valuable, as unexplained headaches, dizziness, nausea, drowsiness, particularly when a fuel burning appliance is on could be the result of exposure to the gas. If the symptoms lessen when you're away from your home for a period of time, or if animals in the home display the same symptoms off illness, this could be a result of carbon monoxide.
The awareness week is a public safety initiative supported by organisations across the energy sector and related industries as well as safety and public health bodies including the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER), Gas Networks Ireland, Register of Gas Installers of Ireland (RGII), Oil Firing Technical Association (OFTEC), National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI), Health Service Executive, Health and Safety Authority, Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland, National Irish Safety Organisation, Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, Chief Fire Officers’ Association and major Irish energy retailers.