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There are still multiple deaths every year as a result of CO poisoning. With much of the risk stemming from faulty gas appliances, there is a need for home owners using these appliances to be aware of the dangers, and they are often fatal dangers.
CO is ODOURLESS and COLOURLESS and known to be the silent killer, claiming lives and inflicting irreversible damage such as brain damage and strokes on hundreds more. According to the latest awareness campaign in the UK, carbon monoxide poisoning causes around 50 deaths each year in the UK.
All properties in the UK with rooms fitted with a solid fuel burning appliance should have a CO alarm in the room. Only in the past couple of years has it been a legal requirement for private LandLords in England to fit a working CO alarm in all rooms where there is a solid-fuel burning appliance or face a fine of up to £5000, if not fitted.
CO poses a serious risk to anyone who has a fuel burning appliance in their property and the dangers are ever present away from home as well.
Tragic stories of CO poisoning act as a reminder of the need to continue for us to raise awareness of this deadly gas. Therefore, if you are going to stay, babysit, babysit a property, you should always carry a CO alarm with you.
The following signs may indicate that a gas appliance is not working properly and that it could be giving of carbon monoxide:
A gas safety check must be carried out at least every 12 months on all relevant gas appliances and relevant chimney/flues owned by a landlord and provided for tenant use. For new gas appliances, and annual check must be carried out within 12 months of installation.
When tenants leave a property, landlords must ensure that gas appliances and fittings are safe before re-letting. This is important as a tenant may have damaged or removed appliances and left uncapped, open-ended gas pipes. Before the property is re-let. Landlords must provide the new tenants with a current gas safety record.
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Helping you to get to know yourself and what you want
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Make sure to hire the right professional for you. Doing your homework to find that person will be well worth the time. A professional who will listen to you and you can work with will save you time, money and grief throughout the project.
This news page aims to identify an agreed "best practice" approach to
Hot Water Cylinder
servicing, whilst noting the important role played by the manufacturers' instructions.
The manufacturers' instructions are the indespensable reference document whenever an
unvented water cylinder
service is undertaken and you are advised to retain these in a safe place. It will be helpful to let your service engineer or service provider know, in advance of the appointment, your hot water cylinder make and model, if it is known.
The service engineer should:
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