Carbon monoxide is known as the silent killer because it’s fumes can be deadly to humans but it rarely has any noticeable signs.
According to NHS research around 50 people per year will die in the UK from carbon monoxide poisoning simply because the signs went unnoticed until it was too late. For this reason it’s important that you take preventative steps to protect your family. Here are some tips on making your home ‘gas safe’.
Use a Gas Safe Engineer
Note that the Gas Safe Register replaced the CORGI register in 2009 so any engineer working on gas appliances in your home should be accredited to this. You can check this by looking at their badge which should display a yellow ‘gas safe’ triangle. The card will also specify what level of work they are qualified to carry out. Whether your want boiler installation in Woking or a gas fire removal in Wolverhampton, you need someone who is registered to carry out work to the correct standard.
Check Your Appliances
Your gas appliances should be checked annually. If you are in a rented property your landlord is duty-bound to arrange this. If you have just moved into a property then along with thinking ‘how do I get my boiler installed?‘ you should also consider getting other appliances checked. If you notice giveaway signs that your appliances might not be working properly call someone in to check them immediately. This may include your pilot light regularly going out or the flame on your hob burning yellow instead of blue.
Spot the Signs
If you experience symptoms of headache, nausea or breathlessness that seem to decrease when you leave the home it might be a sign that something is amiss in the house. If this is the case, ventilate the house by opening doors and windows and turn all gas appliances off before contacting an engineer. You should also see your GP (or visit A&E) if you suspect you have sustained carbon monoxide poisoning.
Buy an Alarm
A carbon monoxide alarm is an inexpensive device that could save your life. Like a smoke alarm, it detects abnormal levels of the gas and alerts you by sounding an alarm. Make sure yours has the British or European Kitemark.