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As the cold snap hits, Toby urges residents in Chesterfield to protect themselves from carbon monoxide poisoning

Research suggests over 35 million Britons are at risk because they don’t have an alarm

With storms continuing to hit the UK, and households using their heating more, Toby Perkins MP is reminding people in Chesterfield to install an audible carbon monoxide alarm.

The Department of Health estimates that 40 people are killed by carbon monoxide poisoning, and at least 4,000 are treated in hospital, in the UK each year. Meanwhile research from the Carbon Monoxide – Be Alarmed! campaign has found that 35 million households in the UK could be at risk of poisoning as they don’t have an alarm in their home which will warn them of the poisonous gas.

Carbon MonoxideCarbon monoxide is produced when fuel such as gas, coal or wood doesn’t burn properly – usually because of a faulty boiler or other appliance or because ventilation has been blocked. The symptoms include headaches, nausea, dizziness and a loss of consciousness and it is often mistaken for a cold or flu. The poisonous gas has no colour, taste or smell so the only way to be fully protected is to have a carbon monoxide alarm that makes a loud noise when the gas is present. They are widely available and cost around £15.

Supporting the Carbon Monoxide – Be Alarmed! campaign, Toby said:

“Many people don’t realise that they’re at risk from carbon monoxide poisoning as they have their heating on more often during the cold weather. Carbon monoxide can kill without any warning, but it is very easy to prevent. That’s why I am urging everyone in [PLACE] to make sure they and their loved ones are protected by installing a carbon monoxide alarm.”

For more information about how to stay safe, visit, or follow them on Twitter @COBeAlarmed

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I am Toby Perkins, Labour's Member of Parliament for Chesterfield. If you would like to get in touch with me, my office is open and can be reached by phone on 01246 386 286. I also hold regular surgeries so that constituents can meet me and I can take up their concerns. If you would like to make an appointment then please do contact my office. Thank you for visiting.

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