Waxman Heating is showing its support for Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week 2016 by providing its customers with free carbon monoxide (CO) alarms. The campaign, taking place from 21 – 27 November, is coordinated by the charity CO Awareness and is now in its 11th year.
In order to raise the profile of the campaign within the local area, the Elland-based supplier of solid fuel stoves and chimney system accessories is providing a free CO slarm with every full chimney system order placed during CO Awareness Week.
This will help installers ensure their customers are safe from CO poisoning, should a fault occur with a heating appliance in the home. CO is a highly poisonous gas produced by the incomplete burning of carbon-based fuels such as gas, wood and oil. Known as 'the silent killer' due to its odourless, tasteless and invisible properties, CO can raise a worrying health risk should it be released into to the air. In fact, over 50% of all CO incidents occur within homes and 20% in businesses.
CO Awareness Week aims to reduce the amount of incidents of carbon monoxide poisoning in the UK, by ensuring people are aware of the causes, risks and effects of the dangerous gas. This will help reduce the 40 deaths and 200 hospitalisations, caused by CO poisoning, that occur in England & Wales each year.
Furthermore, the Department of Health indicates that there are around 4,000 attendances to A&E departments in England each year as a result of CO poisoning. This exposure can often lead to lasting neurological damage.
Combine this with the fact that 48% of homes don't have life-saving CO alarms installed and recent news that many unbranded CO alarms are unsafe and unreliable; it highlights just how imperative it is for homeowners to understand the warning signs.
Signs of CO poisoning can include the following:
If one or more of these are identified, homeowners or business owners should leave the premises and have appliances checked by a trained professional. In order to reduce the risk of CO poisoning, the following precautions should be taken: