Carbon Monoxide Deaths

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  1. Wildbill

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    Devon and Cornwall Police are investigating the deaths of three people at a caravan park


    Devon and Cornwall Police are investigating the deaths of three people at a caravan park

    A woman and her elderly parents have died of suspected carbon monoxide poisoning at a caravan park in Cornwall.
    The alarm was raised at the park near Camborne just before 1pm on Saturday after the couple's helper was unable to reach them, Devon and Cornwall Police said.
    Firefighters were called to break into the static caravan at Tremarle Home Park, North Roskear, and found the bodies of three people, and a dog, inside.
    The woman was in her mid-40s. The age of her parents is not yet known.
    Inspector David Eldridge of Devon and Cornwall Police said: "Shortly before 1pm this afternoon, we were called to a caravan park near Camborne in Cornwall, where a helper had been unable to get a reply from an elderly couple who lived in the caravan.
    "We were able to see that there was a figure sat in a chair but they were unresponsive to knocks at the door.
    "Cornwall Fire and Rescue were called. They forced entry into the property and found that the three occupants were all dead."
    An investigation into what caused the deaths is under way, but the incident is not being treated as suspicious.
    A Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said a crew from Camborne Community Fire Station attended the scene with a hazardous materials advisor after being called at 12.56pm.
    The Health and Safety Executive said it would not be investigating as the incident took place at a domestic address.
     
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  2. gozomike

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    Sad and highlights the need for carbon monoxide alarms.


    Just a point of technicality in your heading it says O2. O2 is of course Oxygen which clearly was not the problem. The abbreviation for Carbon Monoxide is CO.
     
  3. Theonlysue

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    c02 deaths

    An awful tradagy, but despite these occurrences gaining national news, i still meet campers who spend tens of thousands of pounds on a motorhome, and haven't spent 30 pounds on a
    Audible alarm.

    I am surprised that this mobile home didn't have one:Sad:

    very sad and easily preventable deaths

    S
     
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  4. scammellmanswife

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    whose responsibility

    Very sad. Who is responsible ? I suppose if the caravan belonged to the occupants then it is their responsibility to provide a working alarm but if the van belonged to the site then surely they are legally obliged to fit and maintain the alarm
     
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    A while ago a good one cost £20 or £30 but these days a tenner buys a good branded one from the likes of Kidde or Honeywell so there really is no excuse.
     
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    The Kiddie ones were in Asda the other week for £11- :Sad:
    terry
     
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    I wonder if they'd done something daft like cover vents cos they thought it was drafty - which it can be.
     
  8. Armytwowheels

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    We fitted an alarm last autumn as we were going to be using the gas more when we toured the Hebrides, and thank goodness we did. We had no trouble there, but then at Christmas while staying at Setthorns we decided on a day out in Lyndhurst. We found somewhere to park the van and put the gas on the fridge while we had a walk around the town and had lunch. When we got back to the van the carbon monoxide alarm was going off. Thank goodness we hadn't left the dog in there while we had lunch, I think she might have been dead now as we were gone a good 3 hours. Needless to say the fridge has been serviced now!
     
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    something as stupid as the wind changing direction can blow the fumes back into the van through the vents or windows.

    interesting you say the fridge set it off as the fridge is supposed to be sealed from the inside of the van maybe its not been correctly installed.
     
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    We assumed is was the fridge as that was all that was on when the alarm went off. The fumes may have blown back into the van, but it just shows how easy it is for the fumes to get in. It's been serviced and tested now so hopefully it will be safe. At least we have the alarm which those poor people didn't, all for the sake of a tener too.
     
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    havent had time to put inything on this thred but watt a wast of lives for the sake of £10to30 pound's so sad:Sad:
     
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