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Industry prepares for Gas Safety Week

Gas organisations and companies around the UK prepare for this year’s Gas Safety Week, taking place 15 to 21 September.

One of the most important events on the industry calendar, Gas Safety Week, co-ordinated by the Gas Safe Register, is designed to raise awareness of the importance of taking care of gas appliances to ensure a safe home.

To mark the week, Baxi is educating its employees about carbon monoxide (CO) and providing tips and hints on how to stay safe, wherever they are. 

Baxi managing director Paul Hardy says: “As a business, we are committed to safety – and this includes the safety of our employees as well as our customers and the general public.  If we can protect just one person from the effects of carbon monoxide, our efforts will have been worthwhile.”

He adds: “Gas Safety Week is the ideal time to put gas safety at the front of people’s minds by asking them to have their gas appliances checked and make sure they have a CO detector. However, it’s important for people to remember that gas safety isn’t a one week novelty but something to bear in mind all year round. Only then can they really protect themselves and families from harm.”

Readers' comments (1)

  • Carbon monoxide (CO) is a silent killer. You can’t see, taste or smell it, and symptoms like headaches, nausea and dizziness can easily be confused with flu.

    Every year over 4,000 people are admitted to hospital with CO poisoning that could lead to brain damage and strokes - with 40 fatalities recorded in England and Wales.

    84% of UK homes have smoke detectors but only around 15% have CO alarms. This puts countless families in danger. Whilst there is no substitute for annual servicing and maintenance of appliances, a professionally installed CO alarm could save your life.

    To force a debate in the House of Commons on this issue 100,000 signatures are required. Leading industry organisations are backing this campaign with the ultimate aim of saving lives. We urge you to do the same by pledging your support today.

    To sign petition follow link http://www.fireplace.co.uk/blog/Carbon+Monoxide+Alarm+Petition+Launched+After+Gas+Death/3109

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