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Millions of Britons at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning
MILLIONS of Britons still remain at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, according to figures released today (Monday September 30).
Around 35 million people – more than half of the population of Britain – could fall victim to the silent killer, according to studies conducted by a leading campaign group.
The Carbon Monoxide – Be Alarmed! Group is urging people across the UK to fit carbon monoxide alarms in their homes.
From tomorrow, it will be compulsory in Scotland to install the devices wherever a fuel-burning appliance is fitted – with campaigners urging the rest of the country to follow suit.
Dr Rob Hicks, GP and medical commentator, said: ''At high levels, carbon monoxide can kill you in a matter of minutes. At lower levels, it can cause a range of serious and long-term health problems.
''The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are very hard to recognise, even for doctors, as they are similar to many common illnesses like flu and food poisoning.
''This makes it very easy to miss the warning signs, with life-threatening consequences. Don't take the risk. Most people wouldn't dream of not having a smoke alarm - it should be the same with carbon monoxide alarms.''
The Northern Echo’s Silent Killer campaign aims to cut carbon monoxide deaths by raising awareness of the risks associated with the deadly gas.
It was launched following the death of County Durham student Anne Brennan, 19, who died in Durham City accommodation in 1995.
An inquest into the death of the Houghton-le-Spring teenager ruled that she was unlawfully killed, with her landlord being fined £10,000 for failing to ensure the boiler in the property was properly maintained.
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