The Silent Killer

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Temperatures across the UK have dropped in recent days, and I’m sure I’m not alone in having the “Shall we put the heating on?” conversation. But before you do… are you sure your gas boiler is safe?

Badly fitted, poorly serviced and faulty gas boilers and appliances can put your property at risk of a gas leak, fire explosion or carbon monoxide poisoning.

Did you know?

  1. 250,000 illegal gas projects are carried out every year by un-registered ‘cowboy’ gas fitters
  2. They are breaking the law and putting lives at risk, by working without the right skills or qualifications
  3. It isn’t always easy to spot a ‘cowboy’ gas fitter, so always check that they have a Gas Safe ID card*

* For more information see – http://www.gassaferegister.co.uk/pdf/Women’s%20factsheet.pdf

The dangers of ‘The Silent Killer’ –

Carbon monoxide (CO) is difficult to detect because it has no smell, taste or colour. This means you could inhale it without realising. If you think that you, your family, or employees could be at risk of Carbon Monoxide poisoning, you should invest in a Carbon Monoxide alarm. Working just like a smoke or fire alarm, it detects when Carbon Monoxide is in the air and will warn you and others around you that an appliance nearby is giving off poisonous fumes.

CO poisoning kills around 50 people a year in the UK and is referred to as ‘the silent killer’. Every year in the UK 200 people go to hospital with suspected CO poisoning, and around a quarter of these hospital admissions will result in death.

Make sure that when you get your boiler and/or gas appliance serviced this year, that your gas engineer is on the Gas Safe Register.

So, what are the symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?

  1. Dizziness
  2. Nausea and vomiting
  3. Tiredness and confusion
  4. Stomach pain
  5. Shortness of breath and difficulty breathing

Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning can be similar to those of food poisoning and the flu. However, unlike flu, CO poisoning doesn’t cause a high temperature.

Keeping Gas bottles/cylinders safe

If you’re looking for somewhere safe to store your gas bottles/cylinders this winter, or to invest in in a Carbon Monoxide Alarm,  head over to Western Industrial Products, who have a wide range of products.

Article compiled by: Laura Pay-Savage

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