‘No CO alarm in half of UK homes’

Nearly half the nation’s homes currently don’t have a CO alarm, which could leave more than 12 million households1 across the UK at risk from CO poisoning. When it comes to staying safe at home, three-quarters of people agree that they worry about safety, and spend time ensuring that their home is as safe as it can be2 . But British families are more likely to fit a smoke alarm (83 per cent), double glazing (76 per cent) or window locks (70 per cent) than have a CO alarm (54 per cent). Gas Safe Register and the Fire and Rescue Service have teamed up to remind families of the steps they need to take to make sure their gas appliances are safe. Gas Safe chief executive Jonathan Samuel says: “We are encouraging families to ask a Gas Safe registered engineer to check that their gas appliances are safe and sound as a first line of defence from potential CO poisoning. “Worryingly, nearly half (46 per cent) of the people we asked didn’t know the signs of dangerous gas appliances – a key cause of CO poisoning. The signs that your gas appliance isn’t working safely are a lazy yellow flame instead of a crisp blue flame, soot or staining on or around the appliance, or excess condensation in the room.”

Source: gassaferegister.co.uk

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