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Elderly Corkonians to get carbon monoxide alarms

Thursday, 6th October, 2016 1:01am

More than 4,000 carbon monoxide alarms have been donated to elderly people across the country.

Gas Networks Ireland has donated 4,300 carbon monoxide alarms to Age Action Ireland to mark the culmination of Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week. These alarms will be distributed to older, vulnerable people through the Age Action Ireland network across the country in the coming weeks, including Cork city and county.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a poisonous, colourless and odourless gas, produced when carbon-based fuels do not have enough oxygen to burn completely. When it is inhaled into the body it combines with the blood, preventing it from absorbing oxygen. If exposed to CO over a period of time, it can cause illness and even death.

33 Care and Repair partners, across 11 counties, will be distributing the alarms to those in need.

The Care and Repair Programme was established by Age Action to carry out minor repairs for older and vulnerable people free of charge, giving them access to reliable tradesmen and providing a befriending service.

The programme aims to help older and more vulnerable people stay in their own homes, in their own communities, and live as independently as possible while being comfortable and secure.

Jennifer Connelly who is Regional Manager with Age Action Ireland said: “Our Care and Repair teams provide invaluable service to older and more vulnerable people and we are hugely grateful that this donation of carbon monoxide alarms has been provided for our members. The people we visit as part of this programme are often living alone, with no family members to care for or look out for them so one of our main aims is to ensure they are comfortable, and furthermore safe, in their own homes.”

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