Antrim Borough Council is again reminding residents to check the make of their gas cookers.
Despite previous warnings, a number of gas cookers have not yet been located.
Pauline Herbison, Senior Environmental Health Officer with Antrim Borough Council, said: “We are issuing a call to locate some models of gas cookers which, in certain circumstances, can cause carbon monoxide poisoning.
“Using the grill on specified makes and models of Beko, Flavel and Leisure cookers, with the grill door closed, can produce extremely dangerous levels of carbon monoxide, which can cause serious injury or death.”
Pauline added: “Despite previous warnings and attempts by the manufacturer to trace affected models of gas cookers, a number have not yet been located. This particular safety issue has already led to a number of deaths across the UK and Ireland.
“In addition to the previous warning, the manufacturer has now indicated that all other Models converted to LPG (bottled gas) after purchase (which were manufactured before 2009) are included in this warning.
“We are appealing to owners of gas cookers as well as landlords and letting agents of the importance of checking if your cooker is one of the affected models. We would also urge people to bring this warning to the attention of hard to reach groups including elderly relatives and ethnic minority groups. Under no circumstances should anyone operate the cooker 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 purpose other than cooking.”
The models affected are: Beko Leisure Flavel; DCG8511WLPG CM10NRK DCGAP5LS; DCG8511PLW CM10NRC AP5LDWP; DG581LWP AL6NDW AP5LDW.
The helpline number (Freephone 0800 917 2018) should be contacted to arrange a free inspection and modification if you use or own one of the affected models.
For more detailed information on the affected models and steps to take please read the safety warning which can be found at www.beko.co.uk/cookersafetynotice. You may also wish to contact the Environmental Health team on 028 9446 3113 for further information.