BoilerJuice is supporting Carbon Monoxide awareness week (18-24th November 2013), a campaign to raise the awareness of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Many users of oil fired boilers don’t realise that carbon monoxide poisoning is not just a problem with gas fired appliances. Malcolm Farrow from OFTEC, the Oil Firing Technical Association, stated recently: “Most people associate carbon monoxide with faulty gas appliances. The risk is significantly lower with oil-fired central heating but consumers should not be complacent.” He also emphasised the importance of having oil fired boilers serviced annually by an OFTEC registered technician.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning – Raising Awareness
- 52% of homes in the UK have no carbon monoxide alarm.
- More than 50 people a year die from carbon monoxide poisoning in the UK
- Carbon monoxide poisoning results in over 4000 admissions to A&E every year.
What Can You do to Stay Safe?
- Get your boiler serviced by an OFTEC registered engineer. You can get quotes and book an oil boiler service with BoilerJuice and have peace of mind that all our participating engineers are OFTEC registered.
- Be aware of the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning i.e. Headache, dizziness, nausea, breathlessness, collapse, loss of consciousness. See this handy carbon monoxide infographic for more details.
- Don’t think you will be able to detect carbon monoxide. It doesn’t have a smell, taste or colour.
- Buy and fit a carbon monoxide alarm. You can find more guidance on this at www.myboilerservice.com/A-guide-to-Carbon-Monoxide-Alarms-752.html Fitting a carbon monoxide alarm is NOT an alternative to having your oil boiler serviced annually.
- Test your carbon monoxide alarm monthly to make sure it is working correctly and the batteries are OK.
- Know what to do if you experience symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Don’t block vents or flues and get your chimney swept annually.
Carbon monoxide poisoning is preventable and with a few easy steps you can protect you and your loved ones. Don’t take risks and take action today.
You can find more information about carbon monoxide poisoning at http://www.myboilerservice.com/blog/carbon-monoxide-poisoning/
For more information about OFTEC visit http://www.oftec.co.uk/