Silent But Deadly: Is your home safe from Carbon Monoxide?

Did you know a duck’s quack doesn’t echo?

Did you know Charlie Chaplin came third in a Charlie Chaplin lookalike competition?

Did you know Donald Duck was banned in Finland because he had no pants?

Did you know every year in the UK more than 200 people are admitted to hospital with suspected Carbon Monoxide poisoning?

Did you know that around 40 people each year die from Carbon Monoxide poisoning?


Some facts are really fun and interesting.Some are just downright frightening. To know that so many people are made so poorly, or die from something that can easily be prevented with a carbon monoxide detector is really sad. In the past three years, 1 in 6 homes inspected by the Gas Safe Register have been found to have an unsafe gas appliance. 1 in 11 have an unsafe boiler.

Corgi Homeplan is campaigning for every home to have a carbon monoxide detector to keep their family safe. They’ve got lots of information on their website but here are some of the warning signs to look out for:

  • The flame on your gas cooker should be crisp and blue. If it appears yellow or orange, get it checked
  • Watch out for dark, sooty stains around gas fires, gas cookers or boilers
  • If the flame on your cooker or the pilot light in your boiler frequently goes out, get it checked.

Signs of carbon monoxide are hard to spot because they are symptoms of other common illnesses. If they only seem to occur at home, it may be a sign of a carbon  monoxide leak. Symptoms include:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Breathlessness
  • Collapse
  • Loss of consciousness

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68 thoughts on “Silent But Deadly: Is your home safe from Carbon Monoxide?

  1. Giraffes only spend between 10 minutes and two hours asleep per day. They have one of the shortest sleep requirements of any mammal!

    1. I hope I never come back as a giraffe – I like my sleep!

  2. Did you know that a giraffe can clean its own ears with its 21 inch tongue?? gross 😉

  3. Sheep have a field of vision of around 300 degrees, allowing them to see behind themselves without having to turn their head.

  4. A pair of mice can have a litter of 10 or more From age 4-5 weeks. How many could they have in a year if each pair had equal number of males an females and bred as soon as they were old enough?

  5. Frogs don’t drink water, they absorb it through their skin

  6. Vending machines kill 4 times the amount of people that sharks do!

  7. all olives are green, they blast the green olives with oxygen that turns them black

  8. i have moved house four times in the past 6 years….militray wife!!

  9. i have moved house 4 times in the past 6 years…military wife!

  10. It’s impossible to lick your own elbow…
    And now you’re trying it.

  11. Laser stands for: Light amplification by the stimulated emission of radiation

  12. your eyes stay the same size throughout your life, from birth onwards

  13. Apple Pips contain cyanide. I’ve also read that cyanide attacks cancer cells so perhaps this stuff can be good for us in small doses? I for one eat the whole apple!

  14. Hmm a fact… If your legs are longer proportionally to your body, it usually means you hit puberty later!

  15. The world’s first commercial oil well was in rural Pennsylvania, USA.

  16. The door at no. 10 Downing Street doesn’t have a letterbox 🙂

  17. Mathematical info:Once around waist.Twice around the neck,
    Once around the neck, twice around the wrist.

  18. There is no god! why are most people living in the stone age and worshiping and praying to non-existent idols?

  19. The UK eats more Baked Beans than the rest of the world combined!

  20. There are more synapses in your brain than there would be stars in 1500 Milky Ways.

  21. There are 206 bones in the human body …a giraffe has 206 bones in it’s neck!! Yay for giraffes 🙂

  22. This is very random but quite interesting… Flies jump backwards during takeoff.

  23. A polar bear’s fur isn’t white. Each hair is a clear hollow tube 🙂

  24. The word WHARF is an acronym for Ware House Alongside River Front

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