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Preventing carbon monoxide poisoning in the home

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Carbon monoxide (CO) is the commonest single cause of poisoning in the home. The gas is produced when carbon-containing materials burn incompletely, as occurs when coal, coke or wood, liquid fuels or natural gas are burnt without an adequate air supply. Petrol engines produce up to 10% CO in their exhaust. The concentration of CO in the air builds up if ventilation is inadequate.

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