Written Answers. - Carbon Monoxide Poisoning.

Bernard Allen

Question:

591 Mr. Allen asked the Minister for Health and Children the number of deaths caused by carbon monoxide poisoning in each of the years from 1996 to 1998 differentiating between accidents and suicide; and the sources of the carbon monoxide in each case. [1826/99]

Data on mortality are routinely published in the annual and quarterly reports on vital statistics compiled by the Central Statistics Office. The most recent figures available refer to the second quarter of 1998 and are set out in the table below in addition to data for the years 1996 and 1997.

Deaths from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning 1996 to 1998

External Cause of Death

1996

1997

January to June1998

Accidential Poisoning by Gas Distributed by Pipeline

0

2

1

Accidental Poisoning by Other Utility Gas and Other Carbon Monoxide

9

15

2

Conflagration in Private Dwelling

4

3

5

Conflagration not in Building or Structure

0

1

0

Accident caused by Ignition of Clothing

1

0

0

Suicide and Self Inflicted Poisoning by Other Gases and Vapours

33

32

14

Total

47

53

22

Note: All figures are provisional based on period of registration.
Source: Central Statistics Office.