FIVE STEPS TO
To protect your
An audible alarm can be bought widely at DIY
and hardware stores or can be purchased here now. This is
the most important thing that you can do to protect your family
from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning. We do not recommned
the use of "Black Spot" carbon monoxide patches. Although they
can detect CO, they will not protect you if you are poisoned
while you are sleeping.
2. Ensure all your appliances are serviced at
least once a year.
All fuel burning appliances should be serviced
annually by an engineer qualified and registered by the
appropriate organisation like CORGI for gas, HETAS for solid
fule or OFTEC for oil. If you are a tenant in rented
accommodation with gas appliances your landlord must provide
you with proof that a CORGI registered engineer
has checked the appliance within the last 12 months. You
should ask you landlord to fit a Carbon Monoxide Alarm.
3. Don’t block ventilation to your
Make sure that there is plenty of ventilation
to rooms which contain appliances or which contain open fires
or solid fuel burners. Ensure that vents and flues are not
4. Make sure your chimneys are swept and kept
clear of debris.
Make sure that chimneys are swept at least once
a year by a qualified Chimney Sweep. A Chimney Sweep can also
check your chimney does not leak with a smoke test. Chimneys
can become blocked, for example with birds' nests if they are
not used in the summer.
5. If in doubt call for expert advice or
In an emergency, or if your CO Alarm goes off,
open doors and windows for ventilation and ensure everyone
leaves the house. Call the relevant 24 hour advice line in the
UK: Gas Emergency Service (0800 111999) or HETAS for solid
fuels (0845 634 5626) or OFTEC for Oil fired appliances (0845
658 5080) or call the emergency services on 999 (in the UK) for
help. You should seek medical advice and ensure all appliances
are serviced and checked. Do not use them again until you are
told it is safe.
Do not become a victim of the silent
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