Published Thursday, 22 August 2013
The alert is due to problems with certain models of gas cooker. (© Getty)
Certain models of BEKO Leisure and Fleval cookers with a separate oven and grill can produce dangerous levels of lethal carbon monoxide, if not operated in accordance with the instructions.
All models converted to LPG (bottled gas) after purchase, which were manufactured before 2009, are also included in the warning and require a modification to remove any risk.
According to Derry City Council, extensive efforts by the manufacturer have failed to locate a number of the cookers affected.
Given the serious risk of carbon monoxide poisoning if the grill is used while the door is closed, we are urgently calling on consumers to check their cookers today.
Derry City Council
The council is urging people - including landlords and letting agents to check their cookers and, if in possession of an affected model, to contact the manufacturer as a matter of urgency.
"They should contact the manufacturer helpline number to arrange for it to be modified free of charge," a spokesperson for the Environmental Health department said.
"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."
Full details of the affected models, plus a helpline number and details for the manufacturer can be found on Derry City Council's website.
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