So far this week we have listed the responsibilities of both landlords and tenants, in order to help raise awareness about gas safety. According to data from the NHS, there are around 25 deaths every year from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning in England and Wales.
With a wider awareness around the causes and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, we can all work towards a safer private rental sector. Here’s a round-up of the tips we’ve discussed so far:
- If you have been following our other articles from this week, you will now be aware that you should have your appliances checked every 12 months. You can set up a reminder on the Stay Gas Safe website
- Make sure that the engineer you use is Gas Safe registered and qualified to undertake the work you need doing. You can find a suitable engineer on the Gas Safe Register
- When having new gas appliances fitted, always make sure you always use a Gas Safe registered engineer. This is not something you want to risk doing yourself, as carbon monoxide is a silent killer. You might not be aware that your appliance has been fitted incorrectly until it’s too late.
- Know the six signs of carbon monoxide poisoning. If someone is experiencing headaches, dizziness, breathlessness or nausea, or they have collapsed or lost consciousness, then they could be in serious danger.
- The NHS advises that these symptoms could be mistaken for food poisoning or the flu. However, the key difference is that carbon monoxide poisoning does not cause a high temperature (fever).
- Alongside carbon monoxide poisoning, unsafe gas appliances could also cause fires and explosions.
- Having an audible carbon monoxide alarm will alert you if there is carbon monoxide in your home, but look out for the warning signs as well. A lazy yellow flame instead of a crisp blue one on your gas hob is a clear sign. Black marks or stains on or around your appliance could also imply there is a problem. Too much condensation in the room is another sign that you should get your appliances checked. If you notice any of these, don’t leave it to chance – get an engineer to come round and take a look.
- One in six homes has a dangerous gas appliance, according to data from the Gas Safe Register. Do you want to know how safe your area is? You can put your postcode into an interactive gas map on the Stay Gas Safe website, to find out.
- If you are unsure about how to find a Gas Safe registered engineer, the Gas Safe Register has put together these simple steps for you to follow:
Want to learn more about the importance of gas safety checks? The following accounts have been given by those who have luckily survived carbon monoxide poisoning: