Prevention of Carbon Monoxide poisoning

Don’t s

  • Do not use poorly maintained appliances that burn gas or other fossil fuels

  • Do not burn charcoal in an enclosed space

  • Do not operate petrol-powered engines indoors or in enclosed spaces

  • Do not install, convert or service fuel-burning appliances without proper expertise

  • Do not use gas appliances if they produce yellow flames and deposit soot on walls

  • Do not use unflued appliances in small closed-up rooms

  • Do not use gas cookers for heating rooms

  • Do not sleep in a bedroom with a paraffin heater or an unflued gas fire


  • Do employ a qualified, reputable and registered engineer for work on all fuel-burning appliances

  • Do employ a suitably qualified engineer, who is registered with the Gas Safe Register (formerly CORGI), for work on gas appliances

  • Do have fuel-burning appliances checked regularly by a qualified engineer

  • Do fit a carbon monoxide alarm that meets British or European Standards

  • Do make sure chimneys and flues are clean and not blocked

  • Do make sure that all rooms are well ventilated when an appliance is being used

  • Do fit an extractor fan in your kitchen