Are Your Little Ones Protected? Carbon Monoxide Awareness / CORGI Homeplan

As an only child with an extremely overprotective Mother I have always been more aware than most about the hazards that surround us. At the age of thirty two I have the dangers of every activity etched into my brain – my Mother still doesn’t like me having a bath (what if you faint?), catching the train (what if you are swept onto the track?), lighting candles (what if you leave them on), not to mention crossing the road or standing in front of the microwave. Did I mention I’m thirty two?

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Now, as a mother myself, I have inherited this irrational list of fears for my own child.

I find myself saying things like “don’t stand too near to the window with the baby dear…in case you topple out of it…through the glass.” I am my Mother’s daughter. However, strangely, she has never really talked to me about the very real dangers of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning.

Asking my thirty five year old fiancé about carbon monoxide poisoning he said he only knew about it from camping trips in his youth where a sign would warn them of the dangers of using gas appliances in enclosed spaces. It would seem ‘The Silent Killer‘ as they call it is silent in more ways than one.

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Why should I worry?

Looking at the NHS website and the CORGI website the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning resemble run of the mill pregnancy symptoms:

  • dizziness
  • nausea / vomiting
  • tiredness / confusion
  • stomach pain
  • shortness of breath / difficulty breathing

and as I am currently seven months pregnant I found this particularly worrying.

To add to my worry – the most vulnerable to this type of poisoning are (other than the elderly) the young (we have a two year old) and pregnant women (me).

There are very few signs you are being affected and to add to my worries – we have recently moved into yet another rented property in Leeds with a large, terrifying boiler that I am a tad wary of.

And the fact that they call it ‘The Silent Killer’ – a poisonous gas that has no smell or taste – that can kill:

Well – I certainly don’t want to take that risk.

So when I was offered a free Carbon Monoxide alarm I jumped at the chance to protect myself, my family and my unborn child.

The Alarm

  • I was sent a Carbon Monoxide Alarm by FireAngel
  • You can either fit it to the wall or simply place it somewhere in your home. No installation necessary.
  • It does not require batteries – bonus!
  • It has a 7-year life & warranty
  • There is a large test and silence button to try it out yourself
  • It couldn’t be easier to use

Some more facts about Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Every year in the UK, more than 200 people go to hospital with suspected carbon monoxide poisoning, and around 40 people die.

In the last three years, an estimated one in six homes inspected by the Gas Safe Register was found to have an unsafe gas appliance and one in eleven has an unsafe boiler.

About CORGI Homeplan 

CORGI HomePlan is campaigning for every home to get a carbon monoxide detector, so that they can keep their family safe.

You can read more about CORGI’s plan to have a CO detector in every home on their site.

The CORGI website is packed with easy to follow advice and warning signs to look out for, this site is an easy reference resource for homeowners unsure about how to protect themselves and their families.  

Summary

As a mother with a young family I do my upmost to protect us all from the dangers surrounding us – the irrational and the very real – The NHS Website says that you should install a carbon monoxide alarm – and now that we have one, it is one more danger I can cross off the list for my family which will help us all to sleep more soundly at night.

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It couldn’t be easier to protect your family and your little ones.

Is your family protected? 

I received no fee for this post – but did receive a free Carbon Monoxide alarm. Check out the CORGI website for more information.

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