(Gas Safe Leaflet)
If you have any of these symptoms, especially if they become worse in one certain place such as your home or workplace then you should take immediate steps to get to safety and have the issue investigated.
If you have a gas boiler in the property, or indeed any carbon fuel burning appliance then it should be turned off if safe to do so, all doors and windows should be opened to vent any dangerous gases and products of incomplete combustion. Any person suspecting they are suffering from Carbon Monoxide poisoning should seek immediate medical assistance.
If you are concerned about a dangerous gas boiler or any faulty gas appliance then call the National Grid Gas Emergency Helpline on 0800 111999 for assistance.
Any carbon fuel burning appliance if operating incorrectly can cause Carbon Monoxide to be produced. Certainly any such appliance which has not been installed correctly or serviced properly is at risk. In short, any boiler, fire, stove, space heater, cooker or other heat producing device which runs on wood or fossil fuels can be affected. For this reason it is very important to have an annual boiler service and gas safety check on any carbon fuel burning appliance.
If any of these signs are encountered then switch off the suspect appliance and have it inspected by the National Grid, a Gas Safe engineer or a HETAS / OFTEC engineer as appropriate.
Some faulty gas boiler and heating appliance problems are unavoidable, however as a homeowner if you follow the steps below you can mitigate against the most common causes of gas-related dangers
Have a new Carbon Monoxide alarm installed in your home and check it once a year. Remember these alarms usually have a short lifespan of 4-6 years so it is important to know the expiration date and write it on the alarm if it is not already present. When fitting a Carbon Monoxide alarm it is important to follow the installation instructions carefully, as you would do with a smoke alarm, as incorrect positioning of such an alarm could affect its ability to protect your home and family. Remember as well that a new Carbon Monoxide Alarm does not overcome the necessity to have your gas appliances serviced annually as they are purely a warning mechanism.
Our Gas Safe registered boiler engineers at Plumbing Care Services can help with any safety concerns you have with a gas fired or LPG boiler, fire or cooker. If you suspect you have an unsafe appliance turn it off, ensure yours and your family’s safety and give us a call. We can fix boilers producing carbon monoxide, test gas chimneys and flues and carry out in house Carbon Monoxide testing. Why not save our phone number above – you could need it one day. We are here to help on 03333 441 399 or via the contact form above.
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