Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service supporting Project Shout

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service is supporting Project Shout to raise awareness about the importance of installing carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in homes.

The campaign aims to reduce the number of people who die from, or are admitted to hospital with, CO poisoning each year.

Last year these figures stood at approximately 50 deaths and 2000 attending hospital.

Area Commander for Community Safety Chris Parker said: “The key message of the campaign for homeowners and landlords is to ensure that all gas appliances are installed and regularly maintained by a Gas Safe Registered engineer and to also ensure that they have at least one CO alarm fitted in their property.

“Carbon monoxide is a silent killer but the related deaths and illnesses can be prevented by ensuring detectors are fitted in homes near each gas appliance, gas boiler or solid fuel burning appliance such as a wood burner or open fire.”

Project Shout is also campaigning for the law to change for landlords. It is currently mandatory for them to fit a CO alarm but only in properties with a solid fuel burning appliance such as an open fire or wood burner. They want the law to cover all gas appliances.

 

Top tips for keeping safe from CO:

  • Fit at least one CO detector in your home if you have a gas boiler, gas appliances or a solid fuel burning appliance such as a wood burner or open fire.
  • CO detectors should be replaced every 7-10 years.
  • Fit an alarm in each room where there is a potential source of CO, near a gas boiler, open fire etc.
  • There have been cases where CO has come from an adjoining property and seeped through brickwork and into bedrooms, so fitting an alarm in bedrooms that directly adjoin a neighbouring property is also recommended. 

For more information go to www.projectshout.com or follow @ProjectShoutCo on social media.

 

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