Gas Safety Week
Gas Safety Week is a national campaign to raise awareness of gas safety and the importance of taking care of your gas appliances. It is co-ordinated by Gas Safe Register with support from across industry including retailers, manufacturers, consumer bodies and the public.
Twenty three million households in United Kingdom, Isle of Man and Guernsey use gas for heating, hot water and cooking, yet we take it for granted that our boilers, cookers and gas fires are safe. Badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning.
Did you know?
- Every year thousands of people across the UK are diagnosed with carbon monoxide poisoning. It is a highly poisonous gas. You can’t see it, taste it or smell it, but it can kill quickly with no warning.
- Gas Safe Register estimates that there are around 7,500 illegal gas fitters operating across the UK and up to 250,000 illegal gas jobs may be carried out each year (Gas Safe Register Research 2009).
- Although there is awareness that gas appliances need to be safety checked annually, 43% of Britons don’t do it, and 10% have gas appliances which have never been checked (Gas Safety Week Research 2011).
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Carbon monoxide is produced when fuels such as gas, oil, coal or wood do not burn fully. When a fire burns in an enclosed space, such as a room, the oxygen is gradually used up and replaced with carbon dioxide. The fuel is unable to burn fully and releases carbon monoxide.
After breathing in carbon monoxide, it enters your bloodstream and mixes with haemoglobin (the part of red blood cells that carry oxygen around your body), to form carboxyhaemoglobin. When this happens, the blood is no longer able to carry oxygen, and this lack of oxygen causes the body’s cells and tissue to die.
Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide
Carbon monoxide is difficult to detect because it has no smell, taste or colour. This means you can inhale it without realising so being aware of the signs could save your life.
Below are the 6 main symptoms to look out for:
Loss of consciousness
If you googled these symptoms then no doubt you’d find a whole bunch of illnesses with the same symptoms. However the key things to remember are do you only feel like this when you are at home, and do others feel these effects while at your home?
Based on NHS stats, every year in the UK over 200 people go to hospital with suspected carbon monoxide poisoning, which leads to around 40 deaths.
Our advise is simple. Always check the engineer is Gas Safe registered when your having any gas work done at your property. We also advise that you get your boiler checked annually, and if you want to be extra safe then you can install a carbon monoxide alarm. Feel free to contact us if you have any concerns.
Our Gas Safe registered number 11304
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