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Buy with confidence and protect yourself from carbon monoxide poisoning

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Hampshire County Council is urging residents to check their gas appliances for carbon monoxide as part of this year's national awareness campaign. Carbon Monoxide Week aims to reduce incidents, fatalities and ill health due to carbon monoxide poisoning by raising awareness among consumers.

Cllr Roy Perry, Leader of Hampshire County Council, said: "Gas consumers can help protect themselves from the dangers of carbon monoxide by ensuring their appliances are properly fitted and are regularly serviced by Gas Safe engineers, among other simple steps."

"To support residents in buying high-quality local services and trades, the County Council's Buy with Confidence scheme lists details of Gas Safe registered engineers in Hampshire. Every business listed in the scheme has undergone a series of detailed checks before being approved as a member to create a bank of information residents can trust.

Carbon monoxide, (CO), is a colourless and odourless gas caused by faulty or badly installed gas appliances. Symptoms include drowsiness, headaches, nausea and breathlessness. There are a number of simple steps that gas consumers can take to keep themselves safe from these risks.

  • Only use a Gas Safe registered engineer to fit, fix or service gas appliances

  • Always check the engineer's Gas Safe Register ID card

  • Get your appliances regularly serviced and safety checked every year

  • Fit an audible carbon monoxide alarm

  • If you think there might be a gas leak or you notice signs of carbon monoxide:

    • get fresh air immediately

    • switch off the appliance and do not use it until it has been checked by a Gas Safe engineer

    • turn off the gas supply at the mains

    • call the national gas emergency number on 0800 111 999

    • if you feel unwell, go to your GP or hospital immediately and tell them your symptoms may be related to carbon monoxide poisoning

In addition, consumers are strongly advised not to use gas barbeques in tents due to the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Further information is available on barbeque safety.

The Buy with Confidence scheme was set up in response to concerns raised about 'rogue traders through a partnership of local authority Trading Standards Services. The ground-breaking scheme provides consumers with a list of local businesses which have given their commitment to trading fairly and have undergone a number of detailed checks before being approved.

See information about Carbon Monoxide Week, where further information about Gas Safe is available.

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