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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Carbon Monoxide Warning

13/11/2012

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is encouraging people to ensure that they have their heating equipment serviced before the winter period sets in.

"This incident highlights the importance of making sure that your heating equipment is suitable for use. We recommend that all heating appliances are fitted by registered professionals and tested annually before use."

Station Manager Jim Bywater.

The warning comes following an incident that crews from Lichfield and Chase Terrace attended last Thursday on Brooklyn Road in Chasetown

Firefighters were called to the property at 5.26am as it was suspected that the family were suffering from Carbon Monoxide poisoning.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the property and took a reading with specialist gas detection equipment which confirmed carbon monoxide was present. The property was ventilated by firefighters.

 All three occupants had suffered from serious carbon monoxide poisoning and had to be taken to hospital by the ambulance service.

The cause of the carbon monoxide leak was due to a faulty log burner in one of the bedrooms of the property.

Station Manager Jim Bywater said: “This incident highlights the importance of making sure that your heating equipment is suitable for use. We recommend that all heating appliances are fitted by registered professionals and tested annually before use.

“The occupants had an extremely lucky escape.  Minutes later we could have been faced with a far more serious incident.”