A faulty boiler or any other gas appliance can be particularly hazardous to your health. Why? Because of its potential to leak deadly carbon monoxide gas into your home. Carbon monoxide is known as the silent killer because it’s odourless and difficult to detect if there’s a leak at home unless you have a suitable alarm fitted. Here are five tips to help you make sure that you and your family stay safe when using gas appliances.
1. Have an alarm
Carbon monoxide has no taste, colour or smell, so it can be very difficult to tell when you’ve got a faulty appliance. If you fit a carbon monoxide alarm in your home, however, you’ll be alerted if there’s a problem. Make sure you have your wired alarm installed by an electrician and that you make sure it’s always on. With a battery-powered alarm, make sure you change the battery as often as is needed.
2. Fit it properly
There’s no point having a carbon monoxide alarm if it doesn’t work. You’ll be lulling yourself into a false sense of security. Make sure you fit it according to the manufacturer’s instructions and the installation guide, and make sure that it’s in the right place in your house – that is, between one and three metres away from your fuel-burning appliance. How can you expect it to detect a leak straightaway if you put it in the hall, away from your boiler?
3. Look out for the British Standards Kitemark
When choosing your alarm, you should always check to see if it’s been stamped with the British Standards Kitemark so that you know it complies with all the relevant rules and regulations to help keep you and your family safe. Cheap alarms may only provide you with a visual indicator that there’s something wrong, which is absolutely no good if you have a leak that starts at night. How are you supposed to see it? Always pick an alarm that goes off if there’s a problem and you might be wise to link your alarms up together so that if one goes off, the others will as well… so you really will know about it if there’s a problem.
4. Regular servicing
Responsible homeowners will make sure that all their gas appliances are serviced at least once a year so that any problems can be identified as soon as possible and rectified there and then. Make sure you pick a Gas Safe registered engineer to carry out the work, such as Home Services Assistance, a boiler repairs company that covers the north of the UK, including Leeds, Huddersfield, Hull, Preston and more.
5. Get outside
If your alarm does sound, make sure you move everyone in the house out to a fresh air location and make sure everyone is accounted for. Once outside, call for help and stay outside until the emergency services arrive. You would also be wise to test your alarms at least once a month and replace them according to what the manufacturer’s instructions say.