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Carbon monoxide poisoning (1)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 17th October 2019.

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Photo of Andrew Dismore Andrew Dismore Labour

Please could you provide the number of incidents of carbon monoxide poisoning in London for 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19. Please could you break the figures down by borough?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

London Fire Brigade (LFB) does not explicitly record incidents of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Some references to CO poisoning can be found in free text attached to incident records, or where it has been recorded as a special service HAZMAT incident. The data attached relies on free text search and, therefore, should be treated with caution. It counts free text from fire investigation reports, initial and final call descriptions, injury categories such as casualty details and cause of death or injury from the LFB Incident Management System. It is consistent with other data returns LFB has provided on CO as a theme.

Summary data including a borough breakdown is in the table attached. These numbers do not represent the full extent of carbon monoxide poisoning in London. Data for this is published by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) on their website.