Headway teams up with Safelincs

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Headway, the national brain injury charity, has teamed up with Safelincs to promote the sale of carbon monoxide detectors this winter.

Carbon monoxide poisoning, also known as the "silent killer" because it is an odourless, tasteless and colourless gas, kills on average 50 people each year in the UK and leaves 200 seriously ill.  It becomes more of a problem in the winter months when the heating is switched on and doors and windows are closed.  It is produced when fuel such as oil, gas, wood or coal are burnt. 

The major culprits in the home are gas fires, cookers and boilers. Carbon monoxide will build up in closed, unventilated rooms and can lead to various health issues.  The mildest form of exposure can result in headaches, nausea and feeling lethargic but will quickly pass if you are out in the fresh air.  More prolonged exposure will cause weakness, dizziness and the worst possible exposure can lead to seizures, coma and death.   Lack of oxygen can lead to hypoxic brain injury.

Installing an alarm is as simple as installing a fire alarm and works on the same principle.  If the alarm detects carbon monoxide a high shrill noise will sound, warning of the danger.  

Safelincs are selling 4 types of alarm to meet all budgets and £2 from each sale will be donated to Headway. If you haven't got a carbon monoxide alarm and keep forgetting to get round to it,  now's a great excuse.  You are improving safety in your home and also donating to a great charity! Follow this link for more information. 

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