Known as the silent killer, according to the NHS, each year in the UK alone, ‘more than 200 people go to hospital with suspected carbon monoxide poisoning, which leads to around 50 deaths.’ This alarming statistic highlights the importance of having a working carbon monoxide alarm wherever you are, to prevent accidents at work and at home.
Checking your carbon monoxide alarm
You should check your carbon monoxide alarm each week to ensure it is fit for purpose. You should also replace batteries once a year. This is in addition to when your carbon monoxide alarm is sounding a low battery warning.
It is possible to hire a professional to test your carbon monoxide alarm. However, if you are hoping to undertake this task yourself, in most cases it is relatively straightforward.
- Press the ‘test button’ on your carbon monoxide alarm to ensure it has electrical power. It will emit a high-pitched sound.
- Purchase a carbon monoxide testing kit. They are available from wherever you have purchased your carbon monoxide alarm. Use this to check that your alarm is detecting carbon monoxide.
- If you have an alarm that reads the level of carbon monoxide in the air, light an incense stick or similar item nearby. Monitor the alarm to check the reading change.
If at any point you feel unsure of how to check your carbon monoxide alarm, don’t risk it. Call in the professionals and guarantee you, and those around you, are safe from harm.
Claiming compensation for carbon monoxide poisoning
If you or a family member have suffered carbon monoxide poisoning, through no fault of your own, you may be able to claim personal injury compensation for the harm you have suffered.
Perhaps your employer didn’t check their carbon monoxide alarms? Or maybe your service person didn’t correctly install your gas fire?
Whatever the circumstance surrounding your illness, if you believe someone else is to blame for your ailment, you could make a claim for personal injury compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline
No matter the nature of your home or work-related incident, Accident Advice Helpline can help you if you have suffered harm due to an incident that was outside of your control.
For more information, speak with one of our friendly advisors today on freephone helpline number, 0800 689 0500. Lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for your convenience.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice