Hunter warns of deadly carbon monoxide risk

January 25, 2010 1:55 PM
Mark is calling on local residents to invest in a life-saving alarm - something that around 35,000 local residents are currently without!

Mark is calling on local residents to invest in a life-saving alarm - something that around 35,000 local residents are currently without!

Local MP Mark Hunter has urged Cheadle residents to protect themselves against the deadly threat of Carbon Monoxide poisoning. New research shows that 88% of households in the North West - equating to roughly 35,000 in the Cheadle parliamentary constituency - are putting themselves at risk of poisoning by not having an audible Carbon Monoxide alarm. Carbon Monoxide is a highly poisonous gas that has no colour taste and smell, making it impossible to detect without an alarm.

Mr Hunter is 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. The campaign is also backed by Kirstie Allsopp, of Channel 4's Location, Location, Location.

Commenting, Mark said:

"Carbon Monoxide is a deadly gas that you can't see, smell or taste. I urge every householder across the area to make sure that they have an 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 for landlords to provide an alarm before they can receive their annual gas safety certificate."

Christine McGourty, Carbon Monoxide - Be Alarmed! campaign spokesperson, said:

"We regularly hear about members of the general public whose lives have been saved by a Carbon Monoxide alarm - it's the only way to detect this killer. You can buy an alarm from around £15 at DIY stores, supermarkets, high street shops or directly from energy suppliers. A number of retailers will also be offering special discounts in support of our campaign this January and we're delighted that Mark has added his weight to the campaign."

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