Often referred to as the silent killer, the lethal and odourless gas carbon monoxide (CO) has a number of sources all of which, rather worryingly, are commonplace features around the home. Fires, boilers, stoves, water heaters, paraffin heaters and more besides, are all potential generators of this deadly gas.
What precautions can be taken to protect the home?
Take a few simple precautions to reduce your risk:
- Have your gas appliances serviced annually by a gas engineer who is registered with Gas Safe Register
- Use professionals to service any other fossil-fuel burning appliances such as oil or coal burning stoves annually
- Fix carbon monoxide detectors (alarms) in your home; these can be purchased from most DIY-type stores
- Ensure that such detectors are maintained and replaced according to packaging instructions.
Fitting An Alarm
Tragically, many fatalities could been avoided by taking the very simple measure of installing a CO alarm. Ideally these ought to be installed in all sleeping areas and on all floors. If for some reason only one alarm is available, ensure it is fitted close to the main sleeping area where it will wake everyone. Make sure that the carbon monoxide alarm has the insignia of a recognised testing laboratory.
If The Alarm Sounds
If the alarm does go off, move somewhere where there is a fresh air supply, ideally outside. If this is difficult, then at the very least stand near an open window. Ensure everyone is accounted for, and at this point call for assistance. It is a good idea to ensure you have the correct telephone number to hand or, even better, stored on your phone. Your local fire department’s non-emergency team will have the correct number for you.
If you have any questions or are concerned with anything relating to Carbon Monoxide feel free to contact us.