25 November 2011

Carbon Monoxide: The Silent Killer

Will Davies, aspect.co.uk MD

This week is Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week (2011) – http://www.covictim.org/. CO-Awareness is a registered charity that supports the many victims of Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning, their families and friends. The campaign is built around awareness and lobbying for changes in the legislation covering the manufacture, installation and servicing of appliances burning certain fuels and reaching out to government and industry to improve safety and raise awareness.

Carbon Monoxide is the silent killer, and it is always saddening when you hear about people that have lost their lives in such a way – when it could be so easily avoided. It is vital for homeowners and landlords to be made aware of the risks; they should also be checking gas appliances, chimneys and flue systems on a regular basis.

As an approved Gas Safe contractor for the London area, we fully CO Week. And, our gas safety team works tirelessly helping businesses and homeowners across the capital to keep their boilers in safe and proper working order. CO is released during incomplete combustion of fuels. Full and proper servicing of gas appliances goes towards ensuring that the incineration process only produces a minimal amount of the gas. Boilers should be serviced at least once a year.

Regular checking of chimneys and flue systems is also critical – as this is where the products from the combustion of fuels leave a property, and therefore CO may be detected in these areas.

And, very importantly, property owners must install a carbon monoxide alarm – at the end of the day, they save lives.