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Elderly couple taken to hospital after carbon monoxide scare

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Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are reminding residents of the importance of having working carbon monoxide alarms after an incident in Leek.

“In many cases when someone dies as a result of a fire, it is the smoke or toxic poisonous gas which has killed them, before the fire service are even called. This incident emphasises just how important it is to ensure you have working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms fitted in your property.”

Watch Manager Antony Ball

Crews from Leek were called to a home in Ball Haye Green at around 6.12pm on Saturday September 15 after the carbon monoxide alarm activated.

Firefighters isolated the gas supply to the home and used carbon monoxide monitoring equipment which showed a reading of 70 to 80 parts per million, the maximum (and safe) limit is 35 parts per million over an eight hour period.

The property was immediately evacuated and ventilated while firefighters awaited the arrival of a gas engineer.

The occupants, a couple in their 70s, were taken to Royal Stoke Hospital for further tests. They have since returned home.

Crews also carried out a Safe and Well visit at the neighbouring property to make sure it wasn’t also affected by carbon monoxide.

Watch Manager Antony Ball said: “Having working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms in your property is incredibly important as they alert you to signs of fire or deadly gases as early as possible.

“Those without these alarms may not know there is a cause for concern until there is significant risk to life.

“In many cases when someone dies as a result of a fire, it is the smoke or toxic poisonous gas which has killed them, before the fire service are even called. This incident emphasises just how important it is to ensure you have working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms fitted in your property.”

For advice and support in keeping safe and maintaining wellbeing please visit the Home Safety page on the Service's website here or call the Community Advice Team on 0800 0241 999.