Sir Mike Penning, MP for Hemel Hempstead is encouraging residents to take action in keeping themselves safe from carbon monoxide (CO).
This comes as part of Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week, and Sir Mike Penning is joining forces with gas network Cadent to support the campaign.
As part of this year’s Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week, which runs from November 23 to November 29 and is being supported by local gas network Cadent, Sir Mike Penning MP is urging local residents to ensure they know how to spot a CO leak, to know what the symptoms of CO poisoning are, and to make sure they are keeping their homes safe by having a carbon monoxide alarm fitted and their gas appliances serviced annually.
Sir Mike Penning MP said: “Carbon monoxide is the silent killer and its important that people know how to keep safe.
“As the weather gets colder, and with more of us working from home due to COVID, we need to make sure we are keeping our homes both warm and safe.
“Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week is a great reminder to make sure we know how to spot the signs of a CO leak, be able to identify the signs of CO poisoning, and to ensure our homes are safe”.
Some examples of symptoms that residents might experience if there is a leak include headaches, nausea, breathlessness and dizziness.
Other signs include soot or yellow-brown staining around an appliance, seeing or smelling smoke and heaving excessive condensation in a room with a gas appliance.
Residents who suspect that they may have a carbon monoxide leak in their property, should call the National Gas Emergency number on 0800 111 999.
More information can be found at cadentgas.com/emergencies/signs-of-a-carbon-monoxide-leak