An average of one person every week is killed by carbon monoxide. In the UK around 15 per cent of homes have carbon monoxide alarms, whereas 84 per cent have smoke alarms.
Carbon monoxide is a danger to people in their own homes. It’s a poisonous gas caused by the incomplete combustion of any carbon-burning fuel, including coal, gas, wood and oil, creating a deadly gas.
The danger is it’s a silent killer, because people can’t see, taste or smell it. Carbon monoxide is tasteless and odorless so there’s no way to know if there’s a leak without detectors, so a professionally installed carbon monoxide alarm could be a lifesaver.
An average of one person every week is killed by carbon monoxide, it can kill in seconds if breathed in large enough quantities the victim often becomes disorientated too fast to realize what’s happening and can fall unconscious within minutes.
Nearly five million people experience dangerous levels in their homes each year, the results of prolonged low exposures over time can be permanent lung damage, heart damage, brain damage and even death.
Even low levels over a few hours can be as lethal as high levels over a short amount of time. The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning like headaches, dizziness, nausea and fatigue, are often mistaken for the ‘flu’, in a home its presence can go undetected until its too late.
Electrical carbon monoxide alarms are designed to provide both a visual and audible alarm when carbon monoxide is detected. The installation of carbon monoxide alarms that provide an audible warning at exposure levels well below those critical to healthy adults saves lives.
It is recommended that carbon monoxide detectors be fitted in every habitable room containing a gas appliance. The vast majority of properties in the UK rely on gas appliances, which are actually the most common cause of carbon monoxide poisoning.Typical appliances include boilers, water heaters and extended use of fireplaces.
In 2015 research revealed as many as 80% of Carbon Monoxide alarms tested failed British Standards tests. To test Carbon Monoxide alarms consumers need to test the sensor and not rely on the so called ‘Test Button’ which just tests the battery, buzzer and electronic circuit.
Testing the sensor can only be done by injecting a specific and safe level of test gas over the alarm. Landlords are required to test their smoke and Carbon Monoxide alarms annually and before each new tenancy. If landlords fail to carry out these tests they will be fined up to £5,000.
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