Gas appliances that have not been maintained properly can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, so it’s vital that the necessary safety checks are carried out.
Top tips for staying safe:
- You can check whether an engineer is gas safe registered on the gas safe website – GasSafeRegister.co.uk Remember to check their ID card before work takes place.
- Install an audible Carbon monoxide (CO) alarm and test it regularly.
- Keep vents and chimneys clear.
- Carbon monoxide is known as the ‘silent killer’ because you can’t see, smell or taste it so, make sure you’re aware of the danger signs and symptoms of CO poisoning.
What are the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning?
The early symptoms of CO poisoning can easily be mistaken for other common ailments and can develop quickly or over several days or months. These include:
- Feeling dizzy and sick
- Feeling tired and confused
- Being sick and/or having stomach pain
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
What to do if you think you are suffering the effects of CO poisoning
- If you can, leave the property immediately and get out into the open air or open the doors and windows to ventilate the room
- Switch off all gas appliances and don’t use them again until they have been checked/made safe by a registered gas engineer
- If appropriate, seek urgent medical advice from your GP or your nearest A&E department