Updated on 16th December, 2022 by Martin Astley
The silent killer that is carbon monoxide takes around 50 lives a year in the UK, and over 1,100 people are hospitalised due to being poisoned by the deadly gas. To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning from claiming more victims, we are supporting Gas Safety Week to spread awareness of just how important gas safety is.
Over 23 million of us use gas and are vulnerable to gas leaks and carbon monoxide poisoning from a poorly serviced or improperly installed gas boiler.
Research carried out by registered engineers revealed that unsafe gas appliances have been found in one in six homes, which is the equivalent of 4.28 million households. At least 68,000 homes escaped deadly gas incidents in the last year, and around half of the dangerous appliances discovered have been attributed to the fact that people had failed to get their gas appliances regularly serviced, therefore they had been left in a poor and unsafe condition.
Identifying if you have carbon monoxide isn’t easy because you can’t see it, hear it, or taste it. However, these are the most common symptoms:
- Feeling sick or vomiting
- Shortness of breath and difficulty breathing
- Loss of consciousness
Carbon monoxide is dangerous to everyone, but babies and young children, pregnant women, and people with heart or breathing problems are more susceptible.
By spotting the symptoms, you can save your life and your family’s.
24|7 Home Rescue are working alongside the Gas Safety Register to promote the life threatening dangers of Carbon Monoxide by giving you the chance to win one of our 10 SleepSafe Carbon Monoxide alarms worth over £20. One lucky winner out of the 10 will also benefit from our one year Boiler Basic Package (worth over £71.88) which includes boiler service, Carbon Monoxide testing, a Gas Safe check by one of our Gas Safe engineers and nationwide coverage.