Every year in the UK, more than 200 people go to hospital with suspected carbon monoxide poisoning, and around 40 people die. Small children and the elderly are most at risk. 1 in 11 boilers in the UK are unsafe. With this in mind I am raising awareness how important it is, to have a Carbon Monoxide detector in the house.
Carbon Monoxide is a tasteless gas. You wouldn’t necessarily notice when you breathe it in. When doing so, this can cause the people living in the house to suffer with long-term illnesses.
We have been having ongoing problems with our own boiler the last few years. When my fiance bought the house, we originally didn’t have any hot water and the boiler just kept making weird sounds. Up until the point where one day on New Years Eve a few years ago it sounded like it is going to blow up. Mainly because it was freezing cold outside.
2 years ago then we decided to buy a new boiler and we haven’t had any problems since.
Last year we had our annual boiler check up. The engineer noticed that we don’t have a carbon monoxide detector. Nobody mentioned this to us before. Luckily we could purchase one off him straight away and placed it on top of our kitchen press. This means we are protected for the future. Of course we hope this won’t happen but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
There are several factors you can look out for, to see if you have a carbon monoxide issue in the house:
– the main cause for this can be that the cooker, heater or central heating boiler was not installed correctly
– Dark staining around the appliances
– increased condensations in windows
If there was a case you detected carbon monoxide, you need to act fast. Turn off all appliances that are connected with this and open all windows and doors. Ring the National Gas Emergency service line immediately on 0800 11 999.
There are 6 main symptoms which are easily mistaken with flu like symptoms:
– Loss of consciousness
To stay safe in your own home, I am collaborating with Corgi Homeplan, to give one of my readers the chance of winning one of their carbon monoxide alarms. Please check out their website for tips and advice on this poisoning gas.
Open to all residents in the UK and Ireland only. The giveaway will close February 1st.