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4:40pm 23rd August 2013

It is claimed half of us don't know dragging a barbecue inside a tent or caravan could kill.

Nationally 40 people have died or been injured by carbon monoxide, given off by smouldering barbecues.

Three members of the same family lost their lives to the colourless, odourless gas inside a static caravan in Camborne earlier this year.

Mark Pratten from Cornwall's Fire Service, said: "Especially when people are on holiday, safety tends to fall down the order somewhat, because people are enjoying themselves, they're relaxed, they're not considering these things. It's making sure before they go away and when they arrive on site that they receive information on the dangerous of carbon monoxide."

Sarah Hill from the Gas Safe Register, said: "Carbon Monoxide can be deadly. You can't see it, you can't smell it, you can't taste it, so make sure appliances are regularly checked and never, ever bring a portable cooking appliance or a barbecue inside a confined space."

Here are 5 tips to help protect your family:

1 - Never use a smouldering or lit barbeque (charcoal or gas), gas stove, light or heater in a tent, caravan, room or cabin, or under an awning.

2 - Remember the six main signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning - headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness.

3 - If using a gas appliance, check that it is in good order, undamaged and, where present, that hoses are properly attached and undamaged.

4 - If you are staying in rented accommodation where there are gas appliances, check there is a current gas safety check record displayed. If you cannot see one, contact the owner. In the UK, the owner must do this by law.

5 - Recognise the signs of dodgy gas appliances. Black marks or stains around the appliance, yellow lazy flames instead of crisp blue flames, and too much condensation are all signs gas appliances aren’t working properly.

4:40pm 23rd August 2013

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