Urgent health warning to UK ice rink visitors after dangerous carbon monoxide leak found

Outside Planet Ice

Planet Ice in Widnes has been closed after the incident

George Bunn

By George Bunn

Published: 16/11/2023

- 12:28

Attendees are being encouraged to seek medical advice

An urgent health warning has been issued to anyone who attended a popular ice rink over the last weekend.

Planet Ice in Widnes, Cheshire was forced to close its doors after a carbon monoxide leak was found.

Visitors to the ice rink over the weekend have reportedly been falling ill.

The leak itself coincided with an ice hockey game between Widnes Wild and Solihull Barons on Saturday.

An ice skater

Those who attended the Widnes Wild and Solihull Barons over the weekend are encouraged to come forward


The Widnes Wild team has encouraged fans to seek medical attention after fans started to feel unwell.

Management at the Ice Rink is now encouraging anyone who attended over the weekend who is feeling unwell to seek medical assistance.

A spokesperson from Planet Ice said: "Following concerns relating to a report of carbon monoxide levels at the rink at the weekend – Planet Ice Widnes is currently closed.

"The cause of the concern has now been identified and addressed.

Outside Planet Ice Widnes

The ice rink has now closed while an investigation takes place

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"In the meantime, anyone who was present at the site at the weekend is advised to seek medical advice if they feel unwell."

An investigation has been launched into the incident by Halton Borough Council.

Officers from the council attended the venue earlier this week.

In a statement they said: "The council’s Environmental Health Team has attended Planet Ice on November 13 following reports of people feeling unwell after attending the rink on November 11."

Carbon monoxide is odourless and colourless and can be made by fires and appliances.

Some of the symptoms include headaches, dizziness and shortness of breath.

Anyone with carbon monoxide poisoning is encouraged to ring 111.

The National Gas Helpline is available on 0800 111 999 for anyone who thinks they may have a gas leak.

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