As summer draws to a close and the cooler autumn months begin, it is time for us to start relying on our gas appliances to keep us warm. However, before we start to turn on our heating, an important factor to remember is that gas safety is paramount, and poor boiler maintenance and irregular servicing can increase the chance of gas leaks and carbon monoxide poisoning. By taking care of your gas appliances, you will be protecting your home and family so here’s a few tips for staying safe.
Getting a boiler serviced regularly will increase its efficiency and ensure the safety of those around you, as poorly maintained gas appliances can result in health problems from carbon monoxide poisoning.
Using approved engineers
By law, all engineers must be listed on the Gas Safe Register. Before any work is done, make sure the engineers are approved.
Installing a carbon monoxide alarm
Carbon Monoxide (CO) is known as the silent killer as you cannot see, taste or smell the gas leak. The poisonous gas is produced when a gas applications are fitted poorly or haven’t been serviced regularly. Installing a CO alarm is the best way to stay safe in your home.
Carbon monoxide is a highly a poisonous substance which can kill quickly with little warning. Identifying the symptoms can be a real life saver – however the symptoms can be hard to spot. The 6 main ways to identify CO poisoning are: headaches, dizziness, nausea, breathlessness, collapse, loss of consciousness.
If you suspect someone is experiencing carbon monoxide poisoning it’s very important to seek help from a doctor or from your local hospital straight away. The next thing is to get your gas appliances checked by a Gas Safe registered engineer.