4116 at risk in Liverpool Walton from silent killer(February 03, 2016)
Steve Rotheram MP has urged residents in Walton to protect themselves against the deadly threat of Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning.
4116 people in Walton, and over 30 million people across the country, are at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning according to recent research from the Carbon Monoxide – Be Alarmed! Campaign. The study found that nearly half the population does not have an audible carbon monoxide alarm and four in ten people have not had their gas boiler serviced in the last year.
Carbon monoxide has no smell, colour or taste and the only way for people to protect themselves is by installing an audible alarm. Carbon monoxide can be produced by any fuel-burning appliance – such as a boiler and cooker- or an open fire which is faulty or doesn’t have adequate ventilation.
Steve supports a call from the Carbon Monoxide – Be Alarmed! Campaign to make 2016 the year everyone protects themselves from this silent killer. The campaign urges everyone to fit and maintain an audible Carbon Monoxide alarm and ensure all fuel-burning appliances are serviced annually by a registered and qualified engineer.
“Around 40 people die in Britain every year from CO poisoning and it is estimated 4116 in my constituency are at risk. Carbon Monoxide poisoning is particularly difficult to detect as people cannot see, smell or taste it.
“That’s why I am supporting calls from the Carbon Monoxide – Be Alarmed! Campaign to ensure every homeowner and tenant in Walton is aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide and has a CO alarm.”