It has been brought to our attention recently that nearly half of the country’s homes currently do not have a CO alarm fitted. This is putting over 12 million households at risk of poisoning.
83% of homes are likely to fit a smoke alarm and 70% of homes have window locks but much fewer have installed a carbon monoxide alarm according to research carried out by the Gas Safe Register.
If we all want to keep our home as safe as possible, why are we neglecting this very important device from our homes?
After processing this data, the Gas Safe Register has teamed up with the Fire and Rescue service to remind families of the steps they need to take to make sure their gas appliances are safe. This campaign taken couldn’t have been actioned at a better time as research also reveals that a worrying 46% of the population do not know the signs of a dangerous gas appliance – one of the highest causes of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Symptoms such as your gas appliance displaying a lazy yellow flame instead of a crisp blue flame is a tell-tale sign that all it is not in great shape. Soot, staining on or around the appliance or excess condensation in the room are also indicators that you need to call a Gas Safe engineer to inspect what is going on with your heating system.
After the success of the Fire and Rescue Service’s project to raise people’s awareness of fire safety and having a working smoke alarm in their homes, they’re joining the Gas Safety Register to show the immersive value of CO alarms in our homes.
Together they’re ensuring that the same approach is adopted for homes with gas appliances by having working CO alarms and getting an annual safety check by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
Additionally, North West based housing association, The Regenda Group, is pledging to fit thousands of CO alarms in all of its 13,000+ properties.
By installing Aico Ei208 models into their properties, they’re enabling engineers to quickly extract data from the unit via a smart phone application and work quickly to avoid putting residents at risk.
It’s great to see CO alarms being installed in Regenda Group homes and how they’re putting their client’s safety first. So, our question is… when will the other homeowners currently living without one also install their CO alarms?
As gas engineers we should make it part of our duty of care to all of our customers, especially those who may be more vulnerable to help to explain these dangers and try to make as many homes as safe as possible by encouraging them to have a CO alarm installed. Contact us to arrange an appointment to install your brand new CO alarm installed by a Gas Safe registered member of our team.