Preventing Carbon Monoxide

It is not only essential to ensure that you know when Carbon Monoxide is present, but also to avoid having dangerous levels created in your home in the first place. This includes visual inspections of your chimneys and flues to ensure that they are not blocked by birds’ nests or climbing plants. And with gas fired heating being the main contributor to carbon monoxide poisoning, the regular inspection of the appliance by a registered gas safety engineers is crucial. The Gas Safe Register lists companies that comply with the body’s requirements.

If you have had gas work carried out in your property in the last 6 months then you are eligible for a free inspection.

Detecting Carbon Monoxide

Installing a Carbon Monoxide detector in rooms with gas appliances and perhaps in common areas will alert you as soon as higher levels of the deadly gas are detected in it’s surrounding environment. Carbon Monoxide detectors are available with many different features but start at around £15 for a basic model. These units will provide you with the early warning that you may have a CO problem. When buying a detector you should check that they are as long as they are Kitemarked to BS EN 50291:2001 and CE marked.

Things to look out for when buying a CO detector:

It is now possible to buy Kitemarked CO and Smoke combination detectors. The Kidde 10DS allows you to reduce the number of smoke and CO detectors in your building by combining them into one unit, saving you money and reducing the visual impact of these safety devices. The Kidde 10DS combination alarm has different alarm sounds and spoken warning messages depending from the hazard detected. The voice messages help you to react correctly in the situation.

Things you can do to stay safe

Service Your Appliances

Common appliances include: boilers, gas fires, gas cookers & wood burners

Sweep Chimneys

A build up of soot and debris in your chimney can trap the release of carbon monoxide

Install a CO Detector

Carbon Monoxide detectors alert you to the poisonous gas, giving you time to escape

Test you CO Detector

It is important to regularly check that your carbon monoxide detector is in good working order

Inform Your Neighbours

As Carbon Monoxide can seep through walls it is important that those around you also protect against the gas

Tell Friends and Family

Word of mouth is the best way to spread the warning of Carbon Monoxide poisoning and help protect those closest to you

Have a Gas Safety Check

It is inexpensive, sometimes even free to have your appliance checked to ensure that they are in good working order

Change Your Batteries

The batteries in your Carbon Monoxide alarm should be replaced every year or if your alarm gives a low battery warning