Monday, 17 November 2014

Wish 24- Get a carbon monoxide alarm

We used to have detector dots by our boiler which change colour if carbon monoxide is being leaked, you have to check them to see if there is a leak (CO is colourless and odourless). My Dad got rid of them early 2008 and brought a £20 alarm instead (which came with a smoke alarm too) and didn't think too much of it.

I was at my best point in 2008 and Mum and Dad did a very rare thing and went away for a night (stocked my bedroom with everything I needed). Our alarm went off late at night, turns out our boiler was leaking CO. Symptoms of CO poisoning include vomiting, headaches, drowsiness. Guess what daily symptoms I have caused by my ME...

I would never of attributed symptoms to our boiler and gone to check the 'dots', seeing as carbon monoxide poisoning can be fatal it turned out to be the best £20 Dad had ever spent. The alarm sounded before I developed any problems and we all lived happily ever after. Would we of had that happy ever after if my Dad hadn't brought an alarm?

My wish is for 30 people to get an alarm if you don't already have one, I've seen suggestions of taking them on holiday with you after a brother and sister died on holiday. You can buy them for as little as £5 online (and don't forget to check the batteries in alarms regularly).

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Edit-Funnily enough but complete chance I have added this wish on the first day of CO awareness week!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Viks, we have had a carbon monoxide alarm fitted in our lounge to detect output from our woodburner x