The image below shows a typical house with potential sources of carbon monoxide and some of the key safety measures required to protect you and your family.
This image is for illustrative purposes only.
Keep flues and chimneys unblocked. In particular check them if there are building works ongoing at your property
Ensure your appliances are installed and serviced annually by a Registered Gas Installer, Registered Oil Technician or qualified service agent for your fuel type
Use appliances only for the PURPOSE for which they were designed, e.g. do not use a cooker to heat a room. Always make sure the grill door is open when the grill is on.
Use carbon monoxide alarms as an added protection but remember these are no substitute for regular inspection and maintenance of appliances, vents, flues and chimneys. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions when installing an alarm.
Make sure room vents are not blocked and that there is adequate ventilation. Appliances need air too!
Make sure all chimneys are regularily swept, kept clear and have a crow guard fitted in order to prevent birds nesting in your chimney
Possible indications of CO include staining, sooting or discolouration around the appliance, A strange smell when the appliance is on. Condensation on surrounding surfaces on start up. A yellow or orange flame where normally blue for a gas appliance
Open flue-type gas water heaters located in bathrooms and some flueless over sink water heaters in kitchens are considered unsafe. If you think you may have an unsafe gas water heater, contact Gas Networks Ireland on 1850 79 79 79 for a free safety check
Vehicle engine or generator exhaust gases can also contain high levels of CO. Never run your car in an enclosed garage
Never operate petrol driven lawnmowers or generator equipment indoors
Do not operate barbecue grills or patio heaters in any enclosed areas or under canopies, always use such appliances outdoors