Carbon monixide cooker alert

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Derry City Council have urged people in the city to check the make and model of their cooker amid a carbon monoxide health scare.

The alert covers a number of Beko, Flavel and Leisure models.

Certain models of BEKO Leisure and Flavel cookers with a separate oven and grill, can, if they are not operated in accordance with the user instructions, produce dangerous levels of carbon monoxide which poses a serious risk to your health or death.

A number of gas cooker models have been identified as being affected but, despite earlier warnings about the dangers and extensive efforts by the manufacturer to contact customers that have bought these cookers, a number have yet to be located.

In addition to previous alerts, the manufacturer has also indicated that all models converted to LPG (bottled gas) after purchase which were manufactured before 2009 are included in this warning and require a modification to remove any risk.

Derry City Council’s Environmental Health department is urging all consumers with gas cookers, including landlords and letting agents to check if their cooker is one of the makes and models affected.

If so, they should contact the manufacturer helpline number to arrange for it to be modified free of charge.

Under no circumstances should anyone operate the grill with the grill door closed – it must always be in the open position. It is also essential that people do not use the cookers as heaters or for any other purpose than cooking.

Details of the affected models, including helpline number and link to the relevant manufacturer website, can be found by logging on to www.derrycity.gov.uk/Gas-Wise/Urgent-gas-cooker-warning

Alternatively, you can contact Derry City Council’s Environmental Health Department at 028 71 365151 for information and further assistance.