CHESHIRE is a blackspot for the silent killer carbon monoxide, latest figures have revealed.

Gas emergency service Cadent says there have been more incidents involving this deadly gas across the county than many other areas of the country.

Families are being urged to continue being vigilant for this gas which you can't smell, see or taste during Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week which runs until Sunday, November 29.

Cadent attended 1,672 reported incidents involving carbon monoxide between January and October. However, this compares to 3,332 during the whole of 2019, which is down 40 per cent.

This has prompted fears that people don’t realise the 24/7 gas emergency service is continuing to operate through regional restrictions and the current lockdown, or that they may be choosing not to raise the alarm.

Jenny Moten, north west network director, Cadent, said: “Carbon monoxide is known as a silent killer, causing around 40 deaths in England and Wales each year.

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“It’s so important that if you suspect its presence – whether that’s a CO alarm activating, or any of the other indicators – you ring us immediately on 0800 111 999.

“The gas emergency service is classed as a critical service, keeping you safe in your home through any Covid-19 regional or national restrictions.

“I want to assure everyone that my engineers are taking extra safety precautions, like washing hands, wearing gloves and masks, and wiping down any surfaces they touch. We remain here for you, 24/7.”

Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headache, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness.

A survey of 8,000 people in August found that only 40 per cent nationally had a working, audible CO alarm in their house, including 37% in Cheshire.

Across the country, almost half of home owners, 55% in Cheshire, admitted they don’t follow the advice to get an annual service from a Gas Safe Registered engineer.

Carbon monoxide occurs through incomplete combustion of fossil fuels. It’s a risk associated with gas boilers and appliances, but also wood-burning fires, barbecues and generators.

You can’t smell, taste or see it but you can take simple steps to reduce the risks of it emerging.

Cadent manages the 21,000-mile gas mains network in North West England and provides its 365-day, 24/7 gas emergency service.

If you are worried there could be a leak in your property, call the National Gas Emergency Number 0800 111 999, day or night, immediately.

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