Coronation Street storyline helps save lives!

When Ian Story, a self-employed joiner from Cummersdale, near Carlisle, dropped in to see has godfather, Richard Pape, on Christmas Eve, the resulting conversation probably saved his life and those of his young family.

Richard works as a fire officer with the Cumbria Partnership NHS Trust, based at the Carleton Clinic, Carlisle, and regularly gives talks on the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning. He started telling Ian about the latest Coronation Street storyline about a carbon monoxide incident and it led to them discussing the importance of having a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm.

Richard then decided to go ahead and order a CO alarm for his godson which was delivered a few days later.  About a week after that Ian came home from work and went to bed early feeling a little unwell. Later that evening as his partner Sara McManus was feeding his twin six month old daughters she noticed that the reading on the CO alarm was going up.

When it then started beeping she turned off all appliances in the house, shut down the wood burning stove and opened the downstairs windows. She reset the alarm and it started beeping again so the couple grabbed their girls and went across the road to Ian’s mother’s house.

A subsequent visit by a chimney sweep revealed that about one and a half inches of soot had built up all the way around the inside of the stove flue, which had prevented the gases from the fire escaping. Instead, it had been silently filling their home.

What to do if your carbon monoxide detector goes off:

  • Open the doors and windows to ventilate the area.
  • Turn off all fuel appliances where possible and stop using them
  • Evacuate the property immediately leaving the doors and windows open (make sure everybody is accounted for)
  • Call Gas Emergency Services: 0800 111 999

If you believe that the source of carbon monoxide is not a gas appliance, contact either:

Oftec (oil) – 0845 658 5080 or

HETAS (solid fuel) – 0845 634 5626*

  • Get medical help immediately for anyone suffering the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning (headache, nausea), and advise that carbon monoxide poisoning is suspected.
  • Do not re-enter the property until it has been declared safe
  • If a faulty gas appliance has been identified call Gas Safe Register – 0800 408 5500 – who will give you names of registered engineers in your area. Or go to its website: www.gassaferegister.co.uk

 

*Many of the Fire Services in the UK have carbon monoxide testing equipment and can be called in emergencies

Safelincs help promote CO awareness with CAPT

Safelincs has entered into an agreement with the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) to help it promote Carbon Monoxide awareness.
CAPT is the UK’s leading charity working to reduce the number of children and young people killed, disabled or seriously injured in accidents.

Two of the carbon monoxide alarms supplied by Safelincs will have £1 donated to CAPT for each sale.

Safelincs involvement with CAPT comes at a time when the charity is developing a DVD for parents, carers and other interested parties, focusing on the dangers of all types of poisoning. Safelincs is working with the charity to help ensure that CO poisoning is particularly highlighted and will help promote the DVD and other materials when they become available.
To help promote these important messages we have also created an information portal about carbon monoxide poisoning.

Gas Safety Week 10th – 16th September 2012

Gas Safety Week, co-ordinated by the Gas Safe Register, is a week-long event during which companies and organisations working within the industry promote gas safety.

Carbon monoxide, a poisonous gas produced by the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels, including natural gas, causes thousands of people every year to fall ill. It can be produced by faulty boilers, gas fires and cookers and, in the worst case, cause death by carbon monoxide poisoning.

As summer begins to fade and autumn takes its place, we start to switch on the central heating or light our fires. It is a good time of year to ensure that appliances are serviced and that chimneys and flues are swept. Carbon monoxide can be produced by an open coal or wood fire if the chimney is not drawing the smoke out of the room efficiently.

As symptoms for carbon monoxide poisoning are very similar to those of flu, it is possible for the presence of this gas to go undetected. If you have headaches and/or feelings of nausea and drowsiness, it may be due to the inhalation of carbon monoxide fumes. One of the simplest ways to protect yourself and your family is to install a carbon monoxide alarm in each room where there is a fossil fuel burning appliance. Carbon monoxide alarms sell for as little as £12.99 ex VAT . They will be triggered by the presence of carbon monoxide above 50ppm (parts per million) in the atmosphere.

On hearing your carbon monoxide alarm sound, you should open all windows and turn off the appliances that use fossil fuel. If the appliance is a gas burning device, contact the gas board and inform them of the situation. They will be able to confirm if there is carbon monoxide present and advise you on what to do next. If you were using an open fire at the point of alarm, ensure that you have swept the chimney  before relighting it; if the alarm goes off again, you may need to contact your local builder to ensure that there are no problems with the integrity of your chimney.

Visit Carbonmonoxideinfo.co.uk for useful information on this gas, including real-life accounts of people’s experiences of it. To help prevent tragic deaths due to carbon monoxide poisoning, please spread the message this week to family and friends; and, if you have elderly neighbours, check that they are looking after their appliances and suggest that they install carbon monoxide alarms, too.

Carbon monoxide loan scheme

Last year we were shocked and deeply saddened when several campers died due to carbon monoxide poisoning.  Many people still do not really know how carbon monoxide can affect them and also how and where it occurs. To help reduce the risk to campers we have launched our Safelincs Campers Carbon Monoxide Campaign.

This campaign focuses on introducing CO alarms on camping sites. We invite camp site owners to get involved by joining our CO alarm loan scheme. We will provide  them with a number of FREE carbon monoxide alarms which they can use to loan to their campers who are concerned about carbon monoxide. We are also providing information leaflets to raise awareness and are hoping to contribute to the reduction in the number of deaths from this silent killer.

The carbon monoxide alarms provided are portable and battery operated.

If you are interested in joining our carbon monoxide loan scheme or would like some information leaflets, please contact us either by e-mail: angie@safelincs.co.uk or phone 01507 464 154.

Carbon Monoxide Hotspot Report released

The Gas Safety Trust have published a report, identifying carbon monoxide incident hotspots. The report ‘Carbon Monoxide Hotspot Report 2011’ shows where in the UK the highest figures of carbon monoxide poisoning incidents have occurred.

A shocking detail of the report reveals that during the period between July 2010 and July 2011 three times more fatalities were recorded due to carbon monoxide poisoning than for the previous 12 month period.

The Gas Safety Trust are urging householders to take the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning seriously. As many households turn their heating systems back on in October the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning is rising. Flues and chimneys should be checked for blockages and gas appliances should have had a yearly service.

Last year there was a significant rise in incidents of carbon monoxide poisoning during December, which was the coldest December recorded for the last 100 years. And 72% of all incidents recorded last year occurred between October and March.

The report shows that less than half the people interviewed, 42%, owned a carbon monoxide alarm but it goes on to say that a shocking 60% of these people had not got round to installing it yet. Carbon monoxide alarms are very easy to install, just connect the battery and attach the alarm to either a wall or ceiling.

Matching the occurances with the size of the population the top hotspots are Devon, Somerset, Staffordshire, N.Ireland, Cheshire and Essex. Yorkshire and the Humber were reported to be the area with the highest carbon monoxide alarm ownership, with 47% of those living in this area owning a CO alarm. This might well be due to the large Warmzone projects, during which free CO alarms were handed out to residents in some of the major towns in Yorkshire. Safelincs took part in one of the projects, supplying 129,000 CO alarms to the residents of Kirklees.

Making a conscious decision and ensuring that you and your family are protected by having a working CO alarm could save lives. Consider, for example, buying a carbon monoxide alarm as a Christmas gift for your children who are living in rented student accommodation.  Ensure you know what the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are and act on them. If you suspect that you are suffering from the effects of carbon monoxide call a registered gas engineer to check the levels of carbon monoxide and also seek medical advice from your GP if you suspect CO poisoning.

To view a selection of carbon monoxide alarms click on these links:

https://www.safelincs.co.uk/battery-operated-carbon-monoxide-detectors/

https://www.safelincs.co.uk/mains-powered-carbon-monoxide-detectors/

You can read the full report hear: http://www.gas-safety-trust.org.uk/carbon-monoxide-hotspot-report-2011

10 carbon monoxide alarms to give away in gas safety week

This week sees the launch of the first Gas Safety Week. The awareness week will run from September 12th to September 16th and to show our support we are giving 10 FREE Kidde 900-0233 carbon monoxide alarms away.

Gas Safe Register are highlighting the importance of using registered qualified engineers for all gas installations and services. Unqualified engineers may not be aware of the correct procedures which could have devastating consequences. Incorrectly installed or serviced gas appliances could result in carbon monoxide being produced leading to carbon monoxide poisoning.

Statistics show that around 4,000 people a year suffer from the effect of carbon monoxide poisoning, some 200 of these are hospitalised and approximately 50 people a year die.  This year has seen several deaths due to carbon monoxide poisoning of campers taking BBQs into their tents to keep warm. The embers of the BBQ emitted carbon monoxide and the victims were killed as a result of inhaling carbon monoxide. These devastating incidents reveal that there is not enough awareness about carbon monoxide.

If you would like the chance to win one of our free carbon monoxide alarms you can either ‘like us’ on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or register for our CO alarm reminder service, we will remind you to check your carbon monoxide alarms by either e-mail or text.

The Competition is now Closed

CO alarm saves life of singer Charlotte Church

After moving into her new home, Welsh singer Charlotte Church began to suffer from frequent headaches. She could not find an explanation for this and it was her grandfather who suggested that the possible cause could be a carbon monoxide leak.

Charlotte Church’s grandfather then installed a carbon monoxide alarm in the home of the singer and her two children, aged 2 and 3 years.

The Carbon Monoxide detector alerted them to the fact that the boiler was faulty and leaking carbon monoxide into the family’s home. This situation could have had fatal consequences, as there is no other way to be alerted to a carbon monoxide leak other than by a CO alarm, as the gas has no odour or colour.

Charlotte Church’s symptoms of headaches and generally feeling unwell are typical for early carbon monoxide poisoning. We offer more information on carbon monoxide.
To read the full story go to: http://music.aol.co.uk/2011/02/09/charlotte-church-gas-leak/

20th – 26th June 2011, Child Safety Week

This Year’s Child Safety Week is looking at preventing accidents, with its ‘Take a second look for safety’ campaign. The Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) are encouraging everyone with children or looking after children to take a second look at their environment to ensure that the children are safe.

Accidents can, to a great extent, be prevented but despite this, accidents remain one of the biggest causes of death in children in the UK.

It does not take long to take a second look around the house to see if there are any measures that can be put into place to prevent a child having an accident. This can range from ensuring that stair gates are closed to securing the garden and can also include checking that all smoke alarms are in good working order.

Many people lead busy lives and without being reminded of these small things we would forget. If you need help with remembering to check that your smoke alarm is working or when you should change the battery in the alarm, you can register with our free smoke alarm reminder service. We will then send you a text or e-mail to alert you that the check is due. You control what check you would like to be reminded about and how often we should remind you. There is no  charge for this service, but it could save your life.

‘Take a second look’ and check that you know how you would get out of the building in case of a fire. Is there a second escape route should the main exit be blocked by fire. Check if you are able to exit through an upstairs window should the stairs be involved in the fire, do you need a fire escape ladder to aid your exit? Ensure that your children know what they should do if they wake to smell smoke or see flames. Go through these points with them and even practice the escape routine.

‘Take a second look’ to see if there are any hazards that you could reduce to prevent a fire from happening in the first place. Check your plug sockets and ensure that they are not overloaded. Are all cables to electrical equipment in good working order. Make sure that tea-towels do not hang too close to the cooker or that pans are never left to boil dry.

Make all your ‘Take a second look for safety’ activities fun and include the children. We have developed a fire safety information and activity sheet for you to down load.

Have fun with your children looking for dangers and then talking about how to prevent accidents from happening. Get your children to tell you if they see something that they think is dangerous. Children are looking at the world from a different height perspective and they may see something that an adult would miss.

We want to help you keep your children safe. If you purchase any fire safety goods or a carbon monoxide alarm from us we will give you 10% off your order during Child Safety Week.

To claim your discount, visit our website and quote CSWB at checkout to receive 10% off your order.

Carbon monoxide alarm alerts family

A Lincolnshire family escaped the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning thanks to the carbon monoxide alarm they had installed after moving into a listed Georgian  house.

The couple knew that the oil boiler that was in the property was old but after having it serviced they felt reassured that there was no possibility of the boiler malfunctioning.  Luckily some friends who had moved the previous year to find an aged boiler in place encouraged them to buy a carbon monoxide alarm. As a result they purchased a carbon monoxide alarm from Safelincs shortly after moving into their new home.

The alarm did not go off when first installed in the boiler room but as the weather got warmer the family turned the boiler off. There was then a drop in temperature and the boiler was turned on again to fire up the central heating. It was then that the alarm began to sound.

Above the boiler room was the bedroom of their youngest daughter and as carbon monoxide can seep through bricks and flooring, a potentially life threatening situation could have ensued had the carbon monoxide leak not been detected immediately.

Mrs G wrote, Thanks again for ‘saving our lives!’

‘Still working, but at the end of its serviceable life’, was the description the surveyor gave of the ancient oil-fired boiler in our newly bought Georgian house. Friends recommended that we install a Carbon Monoxide alarm and we were relieved when the alarm did not sound when the boiler was first switched on. We decided to keep the boiler while it was still working for our first Winter in the house. However, three months later we were woken by the loud sounding of the alarm and discovered that the boiler had started leaking Carbon Monoxide. We feel eternally grateful to our friends for making us aware of the silent killer in our midst and are now looking to replace the boiler as soon as possible.

Don’t leave detecting carbon monoxide to luck. Install a carbon monoxide alarm today.

CO alarm saves family

As a result of the blog we wrote about the carbon monoxide leak that left one of the characters in EastEnders unconscious a customer was prompted to contact us.

Our customer found that after she bought her CO alarm from us it alerted her to a carbon monoxide leak that came from her cooker. She found that every time she used the grill the poisonous gas was being emitted into her kitchen. This was putting her and her family at risk.

Having the alarm enabled her to act promptly and avoid any serious effects from the carbon monoxide spill. As this gas is odourless it is not possible to detect it by smell.

View our range of carbon monoxide detectors