We at Accident Advice Helpline advise you to safety check a boiler once a year, to minimise the risk of problems arising. There’s no two ways about it, carbon monoxide is a serious threat in the home. At the highest levels of concentration, carbon monoxide poisoning can lead to death in a matter of minutes. Whilst this would require a tragically unfortunate set of circumstances, carbon monoxide leaking from a defective appliance for hours whilst you and your family sleep, for example, can have the same disastrous effect.
Do I need to safety check a boiler to minimise the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning?
The short answer is yes. Boilers are one of a number of common household appliances which can emit carbon monoxide during operation.
To get off to the best and safest possible start, always buy your boiler from a reputable agency and make sure to get sufficient maintenance and aftercare included. Minimising the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning is not the only reason for this. The boiler is an essential feature of any household and the last thing you want is to be constantly calling people out to come and fix it whilst you go without hot water or heating. Furthermore, repair costs can quickly add up to significantly more than the cost of the boiler itself.
Your boiler should always be installed by a professional, qualified engineer. There is a time and a place for DIY and boiler installation is not it.
How do I safety check a boiler for carbon monoxide?
The simplest and safest answer is to get a professional to do it. Boiler safety is of such importance that regular inspections carried out by experts who know exactly what to look for, and what to do if something isn’t right, are essential. That said, there are some actions you can take to help minimise the risks yourself – the most straightforward of which is simply, if you suspect something is wrong, turn your boiler off.
If you or anyone in the house starts feeling any carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms such as nausea, dizziness or headaches, get some fresh air immediately and follow up with an appointment with a doctor.
If you have someone over to safety check a boiler and they either missed or ignored a potential defect which subsequently caused you to fall ill, then you may be due financial compensation. Our expert advisors at Accident Advice Helpline are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week so call us on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993.