Research conducted by Corgi HomePlan has revealed that one in 10 adults in Britain have experienced carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning to some degree in their home.
A further one in 11 knows someone who has been poisoned.
This means that 8.4 million people have or know someone who has fallen victim to the colourless, odourless gas known as the silent killer.
This October, 58% of homeowners will be firing up their boiler again without an annual service. Corgi HomePlan hopes the research will urge people to take action, as at least 2.13 million homes are leaving themselves at risk of being exposed to dangerous levels of CO.
The Dunfermline based company is appealing to its 5,000 strong network of engineers and the wider industry to share their knowledge of the dangers in order to help protect homes over the colder months.
Director Kevin Treanor says: “Every year, 4,000 people go to A&E because of the effects of CO, with 200 of those hospitalised and 50 cases resulting in death. Our findings suggest this may just be the tip of the iceberg.
“Awareness among the general public is still very low and the reality is exposure, even at a low level, can lead to life-changing health problems. As engineers we all know that regular servicing of all gas appliances and installing a carbon monoxide alarm will vastly increase the safety and protection of people’s homes, and it’s up to the industry to help educate people.”
The research, conducted with 2,000 homeowners, is part of Corgi HomePlan’s campaign to keep UK homes safe and warm this winter.