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HPM October 2012

GASSAFECOLUMN WWW.HPMMAG.COM Got a story? Ring us on 01732 748041 or e-mail twood@unity-media.com Brits confused by the silent killer Sarah Hill, stakeholder manager for Gas Safe Register, talks about the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning and the role industry can play in trying to ensure the public is aware of the silent killer that could be lurking in their homes... The six main symptons of carbon monoxide poisoning that the public are Lweek, coordinated by Gas Safe Register, silent killer. appliances are leaking CO in their homes.unsure ofEngineers can tell their customers about therisks of low level CO poisoning and explain howthe public can spot signs that their gasThrough national awareness campaigns, suchmyths about this potentially fatal gas, whichclaims 50 lives every year and is known as theast month, the gas industry and consumerorganisations came together to promotegas safety throughout Gas Safety Week. The involved finding out what the British public as Gas Safety Week, we reach millions of Signs that the deadly gas could be present know about carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning households with advice about the dangers of CO include: and trying to improve awareness of how it can be caused by unsafe gas appliances, and encourage • Lazy yellow or orange flames on a cooker avoided. the public to get their appliances checked and The flame should be crisp and blue While the majority of Brits recognise that CO serviced regularly by registered engineers. • Dark staining around or on appliances can be caused by badly fitted and poorly Gas engineers work on thousands of gas • Pilot lights that frequently blow out maintained gas boilers (86%), gas cookers (71%) appliances every day and can, therefore, play an • Increased condensation inside windows and fires (78%), there is still confusion as to important role in sharing essential safety advice There are 21 million people in the UK that use what the symptoms of CO poisoning are. about CO poisoning with their customers. gas and our aim is to reach as many of these as Over half of people think memory loss (54%) Whether that is talking to customers about the possible with potentially lifesaving messages. and a funny taste in the mouth (51%) are key six symptoms of CO poisoning, encouraging Our message to the public is simple: don’t symptoms of CO poisoning. Other symptoms annual gas safety checks, or recommending that assume the gas appliances in your home are safe. mistakenly associated include a rash (15%), they fit a CO alarm, engineers have an Gas Safety Week 2012 highlighted once again earache (eight per cent), loss of appetite (27%), opportunity to make a difference and save lives. how supportive our industry is in keeping the stomach cramps (16%) and difficulty sleeping Gas Safe Register’s team of investigators and public safe and we hope that we can continue to (23%). inspectors visit around 40,000 homes every year. work together to eliminate preventable gas One of the reasons CO is so deadly is because During these visits, homeowners and tenants related accidents, which claim far too many lives. you can’t smell, taste or see it. Therefore, simply want to find out more about gas safety and what You can order leaflets about gas safety and CO knowing the symptoms and taking preventative they can do to keep their families and homes to hand out to your customers directly through action can save lives. safe. Gas Safe Register. The six main symptoms of CO poisoning are: People are often surprised when we tell them headaches, dizziness, nausea, breathlessness, that they need to get all of their appliances collapse, loss of consciousness. checked and maintained regularly. Others don’t As the register of legal and qualified gas even realise they can install a CO alarm as a For more information visit engineers, we play a key role in dispelling the second line of defence. www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk or call 0800 408 5500. 16 OCTOBER 2012 HEATING & PLUMBING MONTHLY


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