Gas Safety Week 2019 – How aware are you of the dangers from carbon monoxide?

How aware are you of the dangers poorly maintained gas appliances pose to you and your loved ones? This year Gas Safety Week (16th – 22nd September) has a particular focus around the most vulnerable of us, ensuring that everybody is aware of the importance of gas safety and looking at ways to protect every member of our society.

Badly maintained gas appliances can have a devastating effect, causing fires, explosions, gas leaks, and carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a deadly gas that is produced from poorly combusted gas and it can kill within a few breaths. There are no warning signs, you can’t see, smell or taste it! The only way to detect CO is with a carbon monoxide alarm.

Do you know the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning?

With over 50 deaths from CO poisoning every year in the UK and thousands of recorded cases of CO poisoning it is important to know what to look out for.

There are 8 symptoms to be aware of:

Having persistent dull headaches and tension type headaches.

Persistent Headaches

Having waves of dizziness or feeling light headed and off balance.

Dizziness

Feeling like you need to be sick (nausea) and actually being sick (vomiting)

Nausea / Vomiting

Pains in your stomach or lower abdomen, sometimes accompanied by diarrhoea.

Stomach Pains

Sudden shortness of breath or difficulty breathing (dyspnoea)

Difficulty Breathing

Having no energy or feeling tired, sleepy, lethargic and sluggish.

Tiredness

Sudden collapse, seizures or loss of consciousness.

Sudden Collapse

Confusion, difficulty concentrating and becoming easily irritated.

Confusion

If you, or someone you know, has any of these symptoms, which improve when they leave the house, the chances are that carbon monoxide is present in their home.

What to do if you suspect there is a carbon monoxide leak

If you think there is carbon monoxide leaking into your home you should:

  • Open doors and windows to let fresh air in and turn off your gas appliances before leaving the building
  • Call your gas provider or a Gas Safe Registered Engineer
  • Inform your neighbours, CO can penetrate walls and seep into adjoining properties
  • Seek medical advice
  • DO NOT ENTER your property until you have been told it is safe to do so
  • Install a CO alarm for an early warning signal that the deadly gas is present

How to stay safe

Ensure that gas appliances are well maintained and checked at least once a year by a Gas Safe Registered Engineer. Once you had an appliance serviced it is important to regularly check that it continues to work correctly, for example, gas cooker nozzles may become partially blocked by food, causing the gas not to burn correctly. If you notice any of the following signs, then your gas appliance may not be working correctly.

  • Dull yellow or orange flames
  • Black marks on your appliance or on walls near them
  • A pilot light that frequently goes out
  • Higher than normal amounts of condensation in the room where the appliance is

While thinking about your own gas appliances and how safe they are, have you thought about checking the safety of elderly relatives, too? With deterioration in eyesight and an increased chance of having a disease that affects memory, such as dementia, elderly people are particularly vulnerable. Gas cookers and gas fires can accidentally be left on and an elderly person may not notice that their gas appliance has an orange flame.

Fit a carbon monoxide alarm for peace of mind. The alarm will sound and give early warning sign that CO is present, enabling early evacuation and repair of appliances. Alarms such as the Kidde 5DCO have a digital display, which will display the CO concentration even if there are only very low levels of CO, giving you advanced warning of CO before the levels become dangerously high. If the CO gas levels rise to a dangerous level, the 5DCO will sound the full alarm.

If you would like further advice please call our customer care team on 0800 612 6537.

Gas Emergency Services: 0800 111 999

Angie Dewick-Eisele

Angie Dewick-Eisele

Marketing Manager

Angie has been our marketing manager since joining in 2002. She also has a keen interest in H&S issues.

Do I need a Carbon Monoxide alarm?

All homes that have a fuel burning appliance, such as gas powered boilers, heaters, ovens, stoves and open fire places, should have at least one carbon monoxide (CO) alarm. As reported in a recent ITV news article, carbon monoxide kills around 50 people every year in England and Wales. (The NHS website estimates this figure to be even higher at around 60 fatalities each year). The article quotes the UK Fire Services that incidents of carbon monoxide poisoning have risen by 32% over the last five years. Campaigners on the dangers of carbon monoxide state that over 40 million Britons are at risk. But you don’t have to be one of the statistics.

Known as the Silent Killer, carbon monoxide is created from the inefficient burning of gas and solid fuel. Having your appliances properly serviced, maintained and tested is essential to ensure it is properly working, but this is not a guarantee that you will be safe. Faults can and do develop between inspections.

Even if your home is supplied and heated only with electrical appliances there are still risks. Carbon monoxide can seep through seemingly impermeable walls and can enter your home from a faulty appliance of your neighbour as well as from adjoining garages that house vehicles and petrol-fuelled equipment such as lawnmowers.

Carbon monoxide alarms are now more affordable, more reliable and more discreet than ever before. Every one of our CO alarm range is certified to BS EN 50291 Part 1 which defines the standard that CO alarms must be made to for use in the home. We even stock a range that are suitable for camping, caravans and travel when gas cookers and heaters are commonly used (these alarms are certified to BS EN50291-2).

For greater peace of mind an alarm with digital display, like the Kidde 5DCO carbon monoxide alarm, will enable you to see exactly what levels of CO are in your home, so you can check your appliances before CO levels become dangerously high.

For further advice or to discuss our wider range of carbon monoxide alarms, call today on 0800 612 6537.

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Our full range of CO alarms covers every need for every home
John Reetham

John Reetham

Product Administrator

John is one of our product administrators. He has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to fire extinguishers and evacuation equipment.

Finally, fire and carbon monoxide protection for kitchens combined in just one alarm

The kitchen is one of the most dangerous rooms in a household, as cooking appliances are one of the most likely causes of accidental house fires. To detect a fire in a kitchen, heat alarms are usually installed. The kitchen, however, also contains a less well-known risk, carbon monoxide (or CO). Gas boilers are often located in the kitchen, alongside gas cookers and ovens, creating potential sources of carbon monoxide, this poisonous gas is a by-product of fossil fuels such as gas being burned. As this gas cannot be seen, smelled or tasted, a carbon monoxide alarm is the only way of detecting it, giving a loud warning sound if CO is detected.

Ei Electronics has now launched an excellent solution; a detector that deals with both risks in one unit. The Ei3028 combined heat and carbon monoxide detector can detects both of these potential dangers, warning occupants in the event of a fire or a CO leak in the kitchen.

Instead of having to install two separate alarms (a CO and a heat alarm), with the associated costs of an electrician and wiring, just one alarm needs to be installed. This gives a cost saving and also is more aesthetically pleasing as there is only one alarm on your ceiling.

This unique combined mains powered heat and CO alarm is fitted with a 10 year rechargeable lithium back-up battery, so will never require the replacement of batteries during its 10 year life. It features two different alarm sounds depending on which sensor has been triggered.

The Ei3028 alarm is part of a product family that covers all the risks in your house or flat. The range includes smoke, heat, carbon monoxide and combined smoke and heat detectors, all of which are compatible with previous models of Ei ranges. The SmartLINK module is also available which allows for hybrid interlinking (radio or hardwired) of up to 12 compatible devices.

Please visit our product pages for further information:

Or contact our friendly customer care team on freephone 0800 612 6537 or via support@safelincs.co.uk

Connor Storr

Connor Storr

Product Administrator

Connor is one of our product administrators. He has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to fire and security safes and fire doors.

Safelincs Sponsor National Boat CO Awareness Campaign

Spreading awareness about carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning among the boating community is important to protect boaters and to save lives. CO is a deadly gas created by incomplete combustion of fossil fuels and wood and boaters are at risk where their fossil fuel appliances don’t burn properly or where CO fumes are blown back into boats. It is not possible to detect this deadly gas with human senses as it does not have any colour, taste or smell.

We are proud to to announce that Safelincs have teamed up with TBS Boats Ltd, one of the UK’s leading boat sellers, in support of their CO initiative and the national awareness campaign boatcosafe.uk.

‘Following a number of cases of CO poisoning on boats in recent years TBS Boats Ltd have decided to launch an initiative to fit a CO alarm to every boat we sell, new and used, free-of-charge, raising awareness with boat owners.’ said Dominic Smulders, Managing Director, TBS Boats Limited. He went on to sayWe are pleased to be supporting a national awareness campaign with boatcosafe.uk and have partnered with Safelincs, one of the UK’s largest fire safety retailers as one of the initiatives of this campaign.’

Safelincs have designed and printed awareness stickers that will be distributed to boat owners, highlighting the symptoms of CO poisoning, which can often be mistaken for a cold or flu as well as having a bespoke CO boat page on our website.

For more information visit www.safelincs.co.uk/bco

Angie Dewick-Eisele

Angie Dewick-Eisele

Marketing Manager

Angie has been our marketing manager since joining in 2002. She also has a keen interest in H&S issues.

Kirklees Warm Zone carbon monoxide alarm replacement

Between 2008 and 2010 Safelincs delivered over 120,000 carbon monoxide (CO) alarms to residents in the Kirklees area as part of Kirklees council’s Warm Zone project.

The alarms supplied through this initiative will now be around 8 years old and are nearing the end of their sensor life. Safelincs have launched a new campaign to raise residents’ awareness to ensure they are replacing their alarms to stay protected from the dangers of CO poisoning.

Carbon monoxide is a deadly gas that has no odour, colour or taste and can only be detected by a carbon monoxide alarm. Shocking new statistics launched by Project Shout, a national CO awareness campaign, reported that a staggering 2500 people, ten times what was previously thought, are treated for the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning in England and Wales per year. Some of these cases will be fatal, with approximately 50 people dying annually.

When carbon monoxide alarms reach the end of their sensor life they become unreliable and you may unknowingly be putting your family in danger. To check if your CO alarm needs to be replaced, look on the back of your alarm, where you will find either the manufacture date or the date of replacement.

If you want to ensure you and your family are protected from this deadly gas, act now and take advantage of our special offer or call our Customer Service Team Freephone 0800 612 6537.

Angie Dewick-Eisele

Angie Dewick-Eisele

Marketing Manager

Angie has been our marketing manager since joining in 2002. She also has a keen interest in H&S issues.

Project Shout launch 2017

This week sees Project Shout, a national awareness campaign highlighting the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning, launch its 2017 campaign.

Research carried out by Project Shout reveals that the suspected cases of CO (carbon monoxide) poisoning are ten times higher than previously thought. This means that a staggering 2500 cases of CO poisoning occur each year across England and Wales alone.

CO poisoning can have severe long term effects on health and causes around 50 deaths a year. Spreading awareness of the danger of this deadly gas is the ethos of Project Shout. Rob Lyon, campaign director for Project SHOUT, said: “These numbers are very concerning and highlight the fact that we need to do more to tackle the dangers of carbon monoxide and raise awareness of the symptoms.”

It is estimated that a staggering 40 million people are at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. This deadly gas cannot be smelt, seen or tasted. The only way to protect yourself is by having a CO alarm in your home. An alarm should be installed in every room where a fuel burning appliances is fitted. Carbon monoxide is produced from the incomplete combustion of a fossil fuel such as coal, gas, oil and wood.

Safelincs proudly supports Project Shout and is offering up to 33% discount on selected CO alarms. Make sure you are protected today.

Harry Dewick-Eisele

Harry Dewick-Eisele

Managing Director

MD and founder of Safelincs. Harry has a wealth of in-depth knowledge of all aspects of fire safety and related legislation.

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Nest Product Generations – How to Identify Your Products

It is well known that electronic technology advances very quickly, with products being outdated and replaced by a newer version every year. More and more frequently these subsequent versions of the same product are being called ‘generations,’ such as a ‘5th gen iPod.’ Nest Labs’ range of ‘smart home’ products is no exception to this trend and the oldest two have already undergone a few iterations of redesign and improvement.

This guide has been written to help you quickly and easily identify which generation your Nest Products belong to.

Nest Protect

1st Generation 2nd Generation
Edges Straight Edges
Nest Protect 1st Generation Edges
Rounded Edges
Nest Protect 2nd Generation Edges
Backplate Square
Nest Protect 1st Generation Backplate
Circular
Nest Protect 2nd Generation Backplate
Battery Door No Battery Door
Nest Protect 1st Generation Battery Door
Battery Door
Nest Protect 2nd Generation Battery Door
Serial Number 05A or 05C
Nest Protect 1st Generation Serial Number
06A or 06C
Nest Protect 2nd Generation Serial Number

Model Number

Open the Nest app on your phone and tap Protect at the bottom, tap the Settings gear at the top followed by the alarm you’re interested in, and then go to Technical Info. If it says your model is Topaz-1.x then you have a First Generation, while Topaz-2.x denotes the Second Generation alarm.

Nest Learning Thermostat

2nd Generation 3rd Generation
Colours Stainless Steel Stainless Steel, Copper, Black, White
Appearance Nest Thermostat 2nd Generation Appearance Nest Thermostat 3rd Generation Appearance
  • 7cm screen diameter
  • 320 320px resolution
  • 8.25cm screen diameter
  • 480 x 480px screen
Base Nest Thermostat 2nd Generation Base Nest Thermostat 3rd Generation Base
  • Yellow spirit level
  • Rectangular Display connector
  • Blue spirit level
  • Oval display connector
Heat Link Nest Thermostat 2nd Generation Heat Link Nest Thermostat 3rd Generation Heat Link
  • One status light
  • 10cm height and width
  • 3 status lights
  • 11cm height and width

Nest Cam

Indoor Outdoor
Colour Black White
Appearance Nest Thermostat 2nd Generation Appearance Nest Thermostat 3rd Generation Appearance
Differentiating
Features
  • Securely stream 1080p video to your phone, tablet or laptop
  • Various positioning options
  • No installation – simply plug into power and set up via phone app
  • Compatible with standard camera mounts and tripods
  • Weatherproof camera nad cables
  • Magnetic mount with metal plate for wall attachment
  • Night vision
  • Clear 24/7 video with 130 degree viewing angle

What are Generations and do They Matter for Nest Products?

It is well known that computer-based technology advances very quickly, with products being outdated and replaced by a newer version, or ‘generation,’ almost every year. Nest Labs’ range of ‘smart home’ products is no exception to this as the oldest two have already undergone a few iterations of redesign and improvement.

Safelincs has a close relationship with Nest in the UK and gets its stock directly from them, so you can be assured that you’re buying the latest models. However, if you already own Nest products that may be older models you have nothing to worry about as there is no issue mixing new and old generations of Nest devices in your home.

Nest Protect
Nest Protect

The Nest Protect combines an industrial-grade smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector with voice alerts, status and testing via a smartphone app, and a range of extra features like a motion-sensing nightlight. With the second generation, you can even hush false alarms from the app.

The 2nd generation Nest Protect has been redesigned with a more curved and smooth profile, a clear difference from the 1st gen’s mostly square form. However, the new design isn’t just a prettier face; it has become an even more formidable guardian for your home as it is the first domestic smoke alarm to sport a ‘split-spectrum’ smoke sensor.

Utilising two frequencies of light, it can more accurately detect finer particles released by fast-flaming fires. The new Nest Protect also has a special wire mesh to decrease false alarms caused by dust or bugs. Furthermore, by changing the materials and components used in manufacturing, the 2nd gen Protect has a lifespan of 10 years compared to the 1st generation’s 7 years.

Nest Learning Thermostat

Nest Learning ThermostatWhile the new Nest Learning Thermostat is a little slimmer than gen 2, the most noticeable difference is the much larger screen – 8.25cm vs 7cm – and they haven’t forgotten to increase the resolution to take advantage of this upgrade. Nest has also replaced the proximity sensor in the latest model which enables the thermostat to detect you across the room and wake up the screen, showing you the current time or temperature.

Some more functional updates in the 3rd generation involved not only upgrading the integrated WiFi chip, to support 5GHz for futureproofing against newer routers and to reduce dropped connections, but Nest also added support for OpenTherm. If your boiler supports this technology, the Nest Learning Thermostat can now help you manage your hot water as well as central heating.

If you do not recognise your Nest thermostat here, please visit https://nest.com/support/article/How-can-I-tell-which-Nest-Learning-Thermostat-I-have. You may have an older generation thermostat which was not made for compatibility with European systems.

Nest Cam
Nest Cam
The Nest Cam comes in two versions, Indoor and Outdoor, though both are on their first iteration so no matter where you see them or how long you’ve had one, it’s still the latest model. The black Indoor model is almost shaped like an inverted raindrop and has a noticeably slimmer and sleeker profile compared to its weatherproof brother, which appears more like a white coffee cup with no handle.

Regardless of which model you purchase you’ll get a bunch of great features like snapshots of activity over the last 3-hours, optional subscriptions for 10- or 30-day full video history, the ability to view live video from anywhere over the Internet, and 2-way voice communications between the Nest app and your Nest Cam. The only functional differences between the two are their mounting options and that the Outdoor model’s components are weatherproof.

To summarise, while Nest’s offerings have gone through a varying number of upgrades you can rest assured that, as long as you don’t accidentally purchase a first generation Learning Thermostat, all of your Nest gadgets will work together seamlessly. If you really want to have the latest models, though, Safelincs has you covered.
For any questions or to place an order you can call us on 0800 978 8202 or email support@safelincs.co.uk.

Carbon monoxide awareness campaign on buses

dominic-rodgers-trust-logoSafelincs are proud to support the Dominic Rodgers Trust in their Christmas campaign, launching on December 12th 2016, to increase the awareness of carbon monoxide poisoning. The initiative that is being run through First buses across Huddersfield, Halifax and Leeds will see a special promotion on the back of their tickets, reaching 1.5 million people.

Dominic Rodgers was 10 years old when he died in 2004 from carbon monoxide that seeped through his bedroom wall from a neighbour’s faulty appliance. His mum, Stacey Rodgers, has been campaigning tirelessly since the tragic accident to raise awareness of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Carbon monoxide (CO) has no smell, colour or taste and can only be detected by a CO alarm. As the symptoms of CO poisoning mimic those of flue, headache, dizziness and feeling nauseous, this campaign is very timely. The campaign offers travellers on First buses a 10% discount on a FireAngel carbon monoxide alarm.

Read more information about carbon monoxide poisoning.

Safelincs fundraising for CAPT

CAPT Child Accident Prevention TrustThis month CAPT (Child Accident Prevention Trust) are raising awareness about carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. CO, a gas that you can not see, smell or taste, can kill and is dubbed the ‘silent killer’.

Safelincs support CAPT in the great work that they do and we are pleased to announce the most recent donation of £554 this quarter. “This is another fantastic result and your generosity is much appreciated by all of us at the charity”, said Katrina Phillips, Chief Executive of the Child Accident Prevention Trust.

To protect your family and help raise funds for CAPT, purchase a FireAngel CO-9X or a CO-9D. A carbon monoxide alarm is the only way to detect CO, giving you the ability to leave your home and call for help. It could save your life.