Gas and carbon monoxide: Top safety tips

Mon 16 Sep, 2019

The six main signs of carbon monoxide poisoning - headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness

Firefighters are supporting Gas Safety Week, which runs from today until Sunday 22 September, It’s an annual initiative coordinated by the Gas Safe Register, the official list of gas engineers who are legally allowed to work on your gas boiler, gas cooker and gas fire.

Joanne Cook, head of Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service’s community safety team, said: “There are 23 million gas appliance users in the UK – and one in six gas appliances investigated by the Gas Safety Register are found to be unsafe. 

“Around 50 people in the UK die each year from carbon monoxide poisoning and thousands more are treated in hospital. It is therefore vitally important that you are aware of how to stay safe at home.”

Top tips to ensure that you keep gas safe include:

- Fit an audible carbon monoxide alarm in your home, ideally one on each level situated at least one metre away from fuel-burning appliances.

- Have your appliances regularly serviced and safety checked every year. 

- Only use a Gas Safe-registered engineer to fit and service your appliances. You can find and check an engineer at or call 0800 408 5500. 

- Check both sides of your Gas Safe Register engineer’s ID card, to ensure that they are qualified to carry out the work you need doing. 

- Know the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning: Headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness.

- If you suspect that you have been exposed to carbon monoxide, visit your local accident and emergency department. Call the Gas Emergency Services number on 0800 111 999 if you are concerned that you may have a gas leak. 

- Check gas appliances for signs that they may not be working properly, such as stains, yellow flames and excess condensation. 

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