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Carbon Monoxide

I thought I would spend a few lines talking about carbon monoxide (CO) as the caravan/motorhome owner spends quite a great deal of time in a confined area, and can therefore be more likely to be the victim of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Q. What is carbon monoxide (CO) and where does it come from?
A. Carbon monoxide is a highly poisonous gas produced when any fossil fuel burns incompletely. It has no smell, taste or colour. It leaks from flues, cooking and heating appliances when they have been poorly maintained or simply break down.

Q. What can carbon monoxide do to me?
A. Carbon monoxide bonds with the haemoglobin in the blood and replaces the oxygen needed to sustain your brain and body. It can kill quickly when it leaks in large quantities or can build up over time. Initially carbon monoxide causes symptoms such as headaches, dizziness and vomiting. It could actually be systematic of flu.

Q. Who is at risk?
A. All humans and animals are at risk from carbon monoxide.

Q. How do I know if I am suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning?
A. It is very hard to diagnose carbon monoxide poisoning simply because it is to flu, however asking the following questions may help.

Q: Are others in the caravan/motorhome feeling ill as well?
A. When you are outside the caravan/motorhome do you feel any better?
If the answer is yes, then you may be suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning. The only way to be sure is to see your doctor.

Q: How can I protect myself?
A. Ensure that you have your caravan/motorhome regularly serviced and ensure that the individual appliances are also serviced. This will reduce the risk but all appliances can become faulty between service dates. A carbon monoxide alarm/detector officially approved and fitted will add greatly to your safety.
About the Author: Nick Young
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Nick Young received the “Mobile Workshop of the Year” award for Total Caravan Care,
Received for the highest customer satisfaction rating. I have been an enthusiastic caravan owner for 20 years and I left the Royal Navy 5 years ago after completing 28 years in the Service to pursue my successful career in the caravan and motorhome service and repair industry.
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