Carbon Monoxide: Statistics – Corgi HomePlan – How Safe Is Your Home

Carbon Monoxide: Statistics


  • Four people are treated for carbon monoxide poisoning in English hospitals every day
  • Of the 1,798 people who attended A&E departments with suspected CO poisoning, 1,563 (87 per cent) required treatment, with more than one in five (367) requiring hospitalisation
  • Of those who received treatment, 360 were children, 192 were aged over 60 and 174 were aged 18-25 year olds
CORGI HomePlan Freedom of Information request, July 2014-June 2015


Falling victim

  • 1 in 10 adults in Britain have experienced carbon monoxide poisoning to some degree in their home
  • 1 in 11 know someone who has been poisoned
  • This means that 1m Brits have, or know someone who has, fallen victim
  • Those surveyed were able to identify the key symptoms of CO poisoning – with nausea (51%), headache (47%), dizziness (54%), confusion (38%), tiredness (60%) and loss of consciousness (84%) all correctly highlighted
CORGI HomePlan, survey of 2,000 homeowners, June 2015


Households at risk

  • One in 9 boilers classified as unsafe
Gas Safe Register, 2015
  • This means a minimum of 2.27m homes are leaving themselves at risk of being exposed to the silent killer
  • Only 54 per cent of people who have their domestic gas appliances serviced annually
  • 49% do not have a carbon monoxide alarm
CORGI HomePlan, survey of 2,000 homeowners, June 2015


Camping / caravanning

  • 45% have cooked in a tent or awning
  • 20% have used a fuel burning appliance to heat their tent
  • 17% of people have brought a charcoal or gas BBQ inside the tent
  • Only 13% of all campers and caravanners take carbon monoxide alarms with them
  • Only 13% of people have ever had their camping and caravanning gas appliances serviced
CORGI HomePlan, survey of 2,000 homeowners, June 2015


Recognising the symptoms

  • 28% incorrectly believe you can smell carbon monoxide
  • 43% do not know how the gas is created
  • 10% don’t know that appliances burning with a yellow (rather than blue) flame would give cause for concern
  • The following percentage incorrectly believe a symptom of carbon monoxide is:
    • blurred vision (30%)
    • cough (22%)
    • streaming eyes (9%)
    • stomach pains (6%)
CORGI HomePlan, survey of 2,000 homeowners, June 2015

Recent tragedies in holiday resorts

  • In September 2015, Michael Travers died at a holiday chalet in the Scottish borders from a carbon monoxide leak, while his wife and son were overcome by fumes and left critically injured.
  • The parents of Christi and Bobbi Shepherd, who died while on holiday in Corfu after a boiler leaked carbon monoxide in their hotel, have launched the Safer Tourism Foundation, with the support of MPs from all parties, to raise awareness of travel risks, in particular the dangers of carbon monoxide.
  • In January 2015, retired couple Nan and Francie O’Reilly were found dead in their static caravan at a holiday park in Northern Ireland after suffering carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • In 2013, John Cook, 90, wife Audrey, 86, and 46-year-old daughter Maureen were found dead in a caravan in Camborne, Cornwall.
  • In nearby Devon the same summer, Bethan O’Brien, 20, died from CO poisoning while camping in Devon after a stove was left burning inside her tent.
  • In May 2012, 14-year-old Hannah Thomas-Jones died at a campsite in Bucknell, Shropshire, when a portable barbecue was placed in her tent to keep her warm.
  • Also in 2012, six-year-old Isabelle Harris from Gosport died in similar circumstances.