I’m a complete and utter worrier. I worry about everything. I think worrying comes naturally after you become a parent – you think of all the bad things in the world and try to shield your children from being harmed by them. It’s just human nature really! A little while ago Andrew, his mum and step dad fell victim to carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, caused by gas work carried out on their boiler by an unregistered, and therefore illegal, engineer. Luckily, they realised before it had any lasting harmful effects. But it made us realise just how important gas safety is – particularly when you have small children. It’s also why I’ve partnered with Gas Safe Register to spread the word about only employing registered gas engineers.
Not long ago, Andrew, his mum and his step-dad had been feeling lethargic, experiencing headaches and feeling a little dizzy. Andrew noticed his boiler wasn’t working one day and arranged to have a Gas Safe registered engineer out to repair it. The engineer discovered that the boiler was leaking CO, and therefore shut it off completely. On further inspection, it became apparent that there had previously been an inadequate service carried out on the boiler – by an unregistered, illegal gas engineer. We’re so thankful that the problem was discovered quickly as CO can be lethal. It could have been a lot more serious. Andrew and his family now ensure that they book in an annual gas safe check on their boiler to make sure it is working safely and efficiently, and for peace of mind.
So, what is CO poisoning?
Unsafe gas appliances can produce a highly poisonous gas called carbon monoxide (CO). It can cause serious long term health problems such as brain damage, and can even be fatal. Confusingly, CO symptoms are similar to those of flu, food poisoning, viral infections and fatigue. That’s why it’s quite common for people to mistake it something else. The symptoms you need to look out for are headaches, dizziness, nausea, breathlessness, collapse, loss of consciousness. The best thing to do if you suspect CO is to quickly open all windows and doors, turn off the gas supply and seek medical attention. Even the lowest levels of CO can be really harmful.
Keep your family safe
- As it is recommended that you have your gas appliances inspected annually, why not add a safety check to your list of things to do when planning your spring clean this year?
- You can find a registered engineer in your area by calling Gas Safe Register on 0800 408 5500 or by visiting their website
- Check an engineer’s ID card to be certain they are qualified to carry out work on your gas appliances
- If you suspect that someone is an illegal fitter or are worried about gas work carried out in your home, please contact Gas Safe Register
- If you smell gas or think there might be a gas leak, call the free 24-hour national gas emergency number immediately on 0800 111 999
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