More workplaces and homes need carbon monoxide alarms

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A recent study carried out by the ‘Carbon Monoxide – Be Alarmed!’ campaign has revealed that few workplaces have carbon monoxide alarms installed whilst more than 50% of the population do not have a carbon monoxide alarm fitted at home. When you consider that every year in the UK more than 50 people die and 200 people become seriously ill from carbon monoxide poisoning, it’s clear that this has to change.

Almost 50% of people surveyed wrongly believed that because they already had a smoke alarm fitted at home, they didn’t need a carbon monoxide detector. People don’t seem to be aware that a smoke alarm does not detect carbon monoxide. It’s a colourless, odourless gas which can be produced by faulty appliances such as your cooker or boiler.

Whilst changes to building regulations in England and Wales in 2010 now mean that new-build homes must have carbon monoxide detectors fitted in rooms with solid fuel-burning appliances, use of these alarms at home or work is still not compulsory.

The best way to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning is to ensure that only qualified professionals install and maintain appliances at home or in the workplace. If a company or technician installs or maintains an appliance incorrectly, they will be liable if you make a claim for carbon monoxide poisoning compensation.

Claiming for carbon monoxide poisoning

The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning can be hard for even doctors to detect, as they are similar to flu or food poisoning symptoms. Carbon monoxide poisoning can be life threatening and if you have been poisoned at work, your employer could be held liable if they have been negligent. If you have suffered carbon monoxide poisoning at home, in a rented property, your landlord could be held liable if it can be proven that they failed to have appliances in the property properly installed and maintained by qualified professionals. Likewise, if you own your own home and pay a company to install or check your boiler or cooker, you could hold them liable if they fail to do so properly and you suffer carbon monoxide poisoning as a result.

How Accident Advice Helpline can help you

When it comes to making a claim for compensation, you want the process to be as quick and easy as possible. With Accident Advice Helpline, we handle every aspect of your claim from start to finish. Take the 30-second test on our website and find out how much you could claim then call our freephone helpline. We can offer you advice in confidence, with no obligation to proceed, and if you do decide to go ahead with a claim, our professional, experienced lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee* basis.

Source: Co Be Alarmed

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