Stop the “Silent Killer” – fit a Carbon Monoxide Detector
Carbon monoxide is often referred to as the ‘Silent killer’ as it is a poisonous invisible gas that has no smell or taste. You are at risk of carbon monoxide poising from gas appliances which haven’t been properly installed, maintained or that are poorly ventilated.
Breathing in carbon monoxide can make you seriously unwell and every year over 1,100 people in the UK are admitted to hospital with suspected carbon monoxide poisoning. It also leads to around 50 deaths per year.
For the safety of you and your family, it is advisable to fit carbon monoxide detectors in your home. A Carbon monoxide detector is an alarm which alerts you to the presence of carbon monoxide and one should be fitted in every room that has a gas appliance. It is important to ensure that the alarm(s) that you choose are audible so that they will also wake you up when you are asleep.
Gas Safe Register recommends that “carbon monoxide alarms should be marked to EN 50291 and also have the British Standards’ Kitemark or another European approval organisation’s mark on it.”
You should also follow the alarm manufacturer’s instructions on siting, testing and replacing the alarm to ensure that it is always working correctly.
New legislation for landlords
From October 2015 new legislation is expected to come into force where Landlords will be required to ensure that working carbon monoxide alarms are installed in their rental properties. We can install a carbon monoxide detector for only £25 if it is fitted during a landlord gas safety check
Call us today and one of our Gas Safe registered engineers will be able to advise you on gas safety in your home or rental property.
Please note that a carbon monoxide alarm is no substitute for correct installation and servicing of your gas appliances. Make sure you that you get your gas appliances checked and serviced every year by a Gas Safe registered engineer. Drop us an email on our Contact Us page and we will add your details to our yearly reminder service. You will then receive a postcard from us every year when your appliance is due a service.
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