Two in 5 people haven’t installed a carbon monoxide gas alarm, a new survey has found.
Some 40% of British adults haven’t installed a potentially life-saving audible alarm. This means over 20 million people could be at risk, according to the Katie Haines Memorial Trust, which commissioned the YouGov poll.
The trust was set up after Katie Haines, 31, died from carbon monoxide poisoning just two months after marrying husband Richard Haines. It hopes to raise awareness of the dangers of the gas.
Accidental exposure is common
Every year over 200 people are taken to hospital with suspected carbon monoxide poisoning. And 50 people are killed yearly from exposure, according to NHS figures.
Exposure usually occurs when equipment in the home is either incorrectly installed, poorly maintained or poorly ventilated. Items to watch out for are cookers, heaters and central heating boilers.
Gordon Samuel, Mrs Haines’s father, has launched the sixth annual Gas Safety Week in the Houses of Parliament.
He said: “My wife Avril and I lost our precious daughter Katie to carbon monoxide. Weeks after her wedding, she was poisoned by carbon monoxide leaking from a defective boiler in her home.
“We formed the Katie Haines Memorial Trust to try and raise awareness of this terrible ‘silent killer’ and make sure that nobody else loses loved ones in such a senseless, avoidable way.”
Campaign for alarm installation
A video – #causeforalarm – has been released to kickstart the campaign. It urges people to get appliances checked and install an audible alarm.
The trust’s survey found that 40% don’t know the only safe colour for a gas appliance flame is blue, with 11% thinking a pilot light can be yellow and still be safe. 14% thought orange was fine and 4% believed it could be green. 15% admitted they didn’t know what colour it should be.
If flames are yellow or have a slight yellow or orange tint they could be emitting carbon monoxide, the Katie Haines Memorial Trust warns.
Source: Daily Mail
Date Published: September 21, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown