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Have a Carbon Monoxide Detector this Autumn/Winter

During the colder season, any homeowners are very thankful to have a carbon monoxide detector in the home. As your heating system must be operating properly in order to keep it safe.

To combat any problem you need to installed a carbon monoxide detector. Fortunately a lot of modern heating systems are more reliable and safer now than ever before. That doesn’t mean that they are perfect as no mechanical system can truly make that claim 100 percent correct. That is why you need a dependable carbon monoxide detector.

What Makes Carbon Monoxide So Dangerous?

Carbon monoxide is a gas generated by the incomplete combustion of many fuel sources, including oil, gas, wood, charcoal, etc. It might be the case you may have smelled the odour of natural gas before, which is distinct in its sulfuric, rotten egg-like description. Unlike natural gas, however, carbon monoxide does not have an odour.

Carbon monoxide is a by-product of combustion, however, not a fuel source, so a warning odour cannot be added to it. That complicates matters of detection, as does the fact that CO also has no taste or colour. That means that we are unable to detect it on our own.

Because carbon monoxide poisoning, if severe enough, can prove fatal, it is necessary to have a carbon monoxide detector installed throughout your home. They must be installed in all living spaces, and are especially important in sleeping areas. Low level symptoms may resemble the flu, with body pains, headaches, and nausea. As exposure levels increase and spread out over time, these symptoms will get more severe: vomiting, disorientation, dizziness, and so on. You don’t want to wait for symptoms to develop just to recognize that you are dealing with a leak. That is why you should hire Logical Heating & Plumbing Solutions a gas safety croydon to install your carbon monoxide detector.

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Get your Carbon Monoxide Alarm Checked This Autumn

Now we’re in September we need to be looking at our carbon monoxide alarm, as we will soon be once again firing up the heating system. Part of the problem with our heating system is the creation of carbon monoxide, a highly toxic gas that can be fatal in high concentrations.

All heating systems that generate carbon monoxide are designed to dispose of it safely. However, accidents do happen. Read on to find out more about carbon monoxide alarm, and why they need to be checked on an annual basis.

Why Carbon Monoxide Alarm are Necessary

Carbon monoxide is an invisible, odourless gas that is generated through combustion, typically that of natural gas. It binds to the oxygen receptors in your blood, causing slow asphyxiation. Because carbon monoxide is more or less impossible to detect early, it is vital to have carbon monoxide detectors installed throughout the house in case of a leak. These detectors monitor the air for CO molecules, and then sound off when they detect dangerous levels. This is the best way to detect a carbon monoxide leak in time to escape unharmed.

Why You Need to Have Your Detectors Checked

These detectors largely run on batteries, just like smoke detectors. They can last quite a while, but eventually they will need a new battery. The detectors are also liable to develop electrical problems, which may not be discovered until it’s too late. For this reason, you need to make absolutely sure that you have a professional examine your carbon monoxide detectors at least once a year. Annual inspections from Logical Heating & Plumbing Solutions,  ensure that your carbon monoxide alarm function properly when you need them the most.

If you have any questions then please feel free to give Logical and Heating Plumbing Solutions a call: >0208 664 9099. We look forward hearing from you.

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LHPS is supporting Gas Safety Week 2016

In support of gas safety week  2016 (19-25 September 2016), local Gas Safe registered engineers from Logical Heating & Plumbing Solutions are raising awareness of gas safety issues and urge local residents to support the most vulnerable in society in order to keep them safe.

Gas Safety Week aims to encourage people from the Greater London area to reach out to friends and family, be they elderly parents or a disabled neighbour, to ensure they get their gas appliances – along with their own – safety checked at least once a year. Poorly maintained gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. In the last year, at least 55,200 homes in the UK escaped deadly gas incidents such as these, thanks to engineers switching off dangerous appliances1.

By law, only Gas Safe registered engineers can work on gas appliances. There have been 22 deaths and nearly 1,000 gas-related injuries in the last three years3. An estimated quarter of a million illegal gas jobs are carried out every year by unregistered workers, who do not have the skills or the qualifications to do the job safely. It’s therefore vital you make sure your engineer is registered with the official gas authority, Gas Safe Register.

Dareen Owen who works for Logical Heating & Plumbing Solutions said: “We regularly go to people’s homes and find unsafe gas appliances, which either haven’t been serviced in years or have been worked on by illegal fitters. In most cases residents are unaware of the danger they and their family are in. For this reason, we’re pledging our support for Gas Safety Week and doing our bit to raise awareness of gas safety issues among the public and to let residents know what steps they can take to keep themselves safe.”

Jonathan Samuel, managing director for Gas Safe Register, said: “We know from our own investigations that around one in six gas appliances in the UK are unsafe4, meaning far too many people are victims of preventable gas related incidents. It’s great to have the support of Logical Heating & Plumbing Solutions this Gas Safety Week. By working together we can raise further awareness of gas safety, to help reduce the number of dangerous gas appliances that could be lurking in people’s homes.”

Reach out to those who need help keeping gas safe at home by following these top tips:

  • Help them to sign up to a free annual gas safety check reminder service at staygassafe.co.uk. You could even sign up on their behalf, so the reminder is sent to you each year
  • Make them aware of the signs that an unsafe gas appliance could cause:
    • A lazy yellow flame instead of a crisp blue flame; soot or staining on or around the appliance; excess condensation in the room
    • Carbon monoxide (CO) has no smell, taste or colour. The symptoms of CO poisoning include headaches, dizziness, nausea, breathlessness, collapse and loss of consciousness, which can easily be mistaken for something else
  • Make sure they know to ‘Trust the Triangle’ by asking to see their engineer’s Gas Safe ID card and checking it to make sure the engineer is covered to check or fit the appliance in question.

If you smell gas or think there might be a gas leak, call the free 24 hour national gas emergency number immediately on 0800 111 999.

For more information and to find a local engineer in your area visit www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk or call 0800 408 5500.

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Are Gas Leaks Always an Emergency?

Are Gas Leaks Always an Emergency?

Everyone here at Logical Heating & Plumbing Solutions answer is yes, you should always consider any gas leaks to be an emergency. Here is why:

To put it simply gas leaks often can result in gas explosions. What should you avoid doing when a gas leak is detected is written here, however it’s imperative that you always take the proper precautions in avoiding a gas explosion.  As a gas explosion is incredibly dangerous and does threaten both life and property, as unsafe gas explosion will produce both life and property. Carbon monoxide poisoning is potentially fatal and is considered to be very dangerous because it is odourless, invisible and tasteless.

Here’s what you should do:

  • Always avoid using any naked flames or electrical switches from all appliances.
  • Open any doors or windows if possible.
  • Turn the gas off at the meter as soon as you smelt gas.

How gas leaks can be prevented:

Don’t use an illegal gas engineer. If a person is not Gas Safe Registered, it’s illegal for them to work with gas. Before you have any work done with your gas boiler or appliances, make sure the engineer you intend to use in on the Gas Safe Register. This can be checked either using the Gas Safe Register website and search for the engineer/business name on their database, or by asking to see the Gas Safe Register ID card, which every Gas Safe engineer is required by law to carry. Work that is not carried out to the proper safety standards can put everyone at risk.

Have your boiler regularly serviced at least annually: When a Gas Safe Engineer services your boiler, they will make sure that your boiler is safe and in working condition. This will include checking your boiler for common causes of gas leaks. The recommendation from most gas engineer agree that a boiler should be serviced at least once a year.

Another prevented measure that will prevent gas leaks is to install a carbon monoxide detector. It’s a small alarm that every household should have and been proven to be lifesaving.

Always remember, take extra care with who you use to carry out work on any gas appliances in your home. Work that isn’t carried out to the high standards set out by the Gas Safe Register can put everyone in the property at risk.

Here at Logical Heating & Plumbing Solutions, we are Gas Safe Registered and ensure that all work we carry out is to the highest of standards. If you’re in encounter a gas leaks around the surrounding area and are in need of an emergency plumber, get in touch with us.

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The Gas Safety Trust supports petition calling for CO testing equipment in all GP surgeries

The Gas Safety Trust (GST) today announced its support for an online petition launched by CORGI HomePlan to have carbon monoxide (CO) testing equipment made mandatory in GP surgeries (https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/126300).

The GST has a long standing commitment to improving healthcare professionals’ awareness of CO poisoning and to improving diagnosis when people present themselves with CO poisoning symptoms at emergency departments and GP surgeries.

The Trust adopted the healthcare professional related recommendations of the 2011 All Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group report, and made them a central part of its grants and research strategies.

Most recently, the Trust has funded a project being undertaken by the University of Hertfordshire, to work with maternity services in the county, who use this type of equipment, to look at the incidence of CO poisoning amongst pregnant women.

GST Chair, Chris Bielby said:

“The Gas Safety Trust welcomes this initiative by CORGI HomePlan, to ensure better availability and use of this important equipment by healthcare professionals. 

We have recently funded research into carbon monoxide awareness and incidence in GPs surgeries, amongst paramedics, midwifes and through the National Poisoning Information Service, which provides advice and information to healthcare professional regarding carbon monoxide and other poisons.

I would encourage everyone to sign this petition, and I hope that it gets the signatures it needs to trigger a debate in Parliament.”

About the Gas Safety Trust
The Gas Safety Trust, established in 2005 as a registered charitable body, has become the UK’s leading fuel safety charity with the key objectives of further improving fuel safety for the public and industry throughout the United Kingdom and reducing the incidents of death and serious injury from carbon monoxide exposure. GST is currently seeking grant applicants via www.gassafetytrust.org. The Gas Safety Trust is generously funded by the gift aided profits of CORGI Services Limited,www.corgiservices.com.

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