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HPM November 2015

SPECIALREPORT WWW.HPMMAG.COM Got a story? Ring us on 01732 748041 or e-mail twood@unity-media.com Be CO alert during awareness week Ideal Boilers’ Chris Jessop is encouraging installers to use the key messages of CO Awareness Week when talking to their customers about boiler servicing, maintenance and ongoing, efficient and safe operation... CO Awareness Week – November 16-23 – aims to raise awareness of the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) and the importance of taking care of gas appliances in the home. Gas appliances that are incorrectly installed or not regularly serviced can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and CO poisoning. Every year significant numbers of people across the UK are diagnosed with CO poisoning via a gas that is invisible, tasteless, has no smell and exposure to it can be lethal. There are a number of ways installers can remind their customers how to stay safe in addition to correct installation and servicing of boilers, including installing CO alarms. Government legislation, which came into effect on October 1, means that landlords must now ensure CO alarms are installed in every room that contains a solid fuel burning combustion appliance. Customer safety is of utmost importance to us – from design, research and development, production and ongoing testing, through to our partnerships with suppliers, and finally our installers who play a crucial role in the safety of homeowners. Ensuring installers have access to relevant information is key to ensuring their customers understand the importance of maintaining gas safety. To help customers stay safe, remind them they should: • Check their gas appliances every year. All gas appliances including boilers should be safety Yes, you can. Saniflo works where convention doesn’t. Don’t rip up your plans if there’s no drain nearby. Draw on your imagination and think of the possibilities. Visit saniflo.co.uk ...here? Or a new utility room... checked once a year and serviced regularly by a Gas Safe registered engineer. Tenants should make sure the landlord arranges this Encourage your customers to set a reminder so they don’t forget at: www.staygassafe.co.uk • Check their engineer is Gas Safe registered. Find an engineer at: www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk or call: 0800 408 5500 • Check their engineer’s Gas Safe Register ID card. Make sure they are qualified for the work they need doing. They can find this information on the back of the card • Check for warning signs their appliances aren’t working correctly, for example, lazy yellow or orange flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks on or around the appliance and too much condensation in the room • Check they know the six signs of CO poisoning – headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness • Check they have an audible CO alarm to alert them of any gas leaks in their home. enquiry number 117 Eight tips to help prevent CO poisoning enquiry number 324


HPM November 2015
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