What is Carbon Monoxide?
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colourless and odourless gas, which therefore makes it very difficult to detect. Production of CO occurs as a result of the incomplete burning of materials that contain carbon, like wood, or gas in gas heaters. In a perfect world, the burning process would result in just water and carbon dioxide. But sometimes, if there isn't enough oxygen, or the burning process is somehow disrupted, it results in the production of carbon monoxide, a dangerous gas.
To minimise CO creation and remain protected against carbon monoxide leaks in the home, it's essential to ensure good ventilation and proper maintenance of all your gas-powered heating systems and appliances. Particularly as you may not be aware of the side effects of exposure.