Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week

Over 30,000 are affected in the UK by Carbon Monoxide since 2005

From the 18th-24th November 2013 is Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week, and here at Channel Safety Systems aim to help those thousands of people in the UK the real dangers of the poisonous gas.

Seven years ago, CO-Awareness was set up to provide support to those poisoned by carbon monoxide and raise awareness about the dangers.

Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a highly poisonous gas that can be produced by any fossil fuel burning appliance or heating source. The human senses are unable to detect Carbon Monoxide (CO) as it has no recognisable sight, smell, taste or feel which can kill in minutes of exposure giving the gas it’s title The Silent Killer.

Many people seem to believe that you either die or make a full recovery from carbon monoxide poisoning, this isn’t true as many people poisoned by just low levels of carbon monoxide can go on to develop long term health problems. Some of the symptoms of Carbon Monoxide (CO) consist of the following;

  • Mild headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Drowsiness

Carbon monoxide is produced when fuels are burned incompletely, there are several common potential sources of Carbon Monoxide including:

  • Gas appliances
  • Gas or oil boiler
  • Portable gas or kerosene heaters
  • A Gas or wood burning fireplace
  • Blocked up chimneys

We spend approximately 80% of our time in enclosed spaces like the home, vehicle, caravan, holiday accommodation, office, workshop, boat even a tent, it follows that having improperly installed, maintained, or the incorrect operation or use of appliances which can create unsafe levels of CO could dramatically increase our risk of exposure.

On the 1st October 2010, The Building Regulations 2000 Part J Approved Document on Combustion appliances and Fuel Storage Systems states that a carbon monoxide alarm should be in the same room as a new or replacement fixed solid fuel heating appliance.

The Health and Safety Executive recommends that: “Before purchasing a CO alarm, always ensure it complies with British Standard EN 50291 and carries a British or European approval mark, such as Kitemark.” This third party approval is essential as having only a CE mark is insufficient to demonstrate consistent performance. Complying with all the standards would ensure occupant safety and will avoid the legal implications of supplying or fitting unapproved alarms. For more detailed information Click Here

Due to so many cut backs more and more families are being forced to live in poverty. The last thing on peoples minds will be to get their fuel burning appliances serviced or checked.

These conditions Channel know we can help by giving you advise our  Technical Services Division are on hand if you have any questions related to Carbon Monoxide detectors, contact us at technical@channelsafety.co.uk

If you are in need of a Carbon Monoxide detector or are looking for a specific detector to cater to your needs, Channel Safety Systems offer a residential range of wireless, wired or mixed solution smoke detectors. 

RESitech – The New Generation represents the perfect choice for domestic premises. In this range we offer an a Optical Smoke AlarmIonisation Smoke AlarmHeat AlarmCarbon Monoxide Alarm and a Wireless Base. All detectors in this range come complete with an Easy Fit base.

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