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Welsh gas company helps to protect the elderly

Wales & West Utilities has sponsored Age Cymru’s HandyVan service for 12 months and has provided carbon monoxide (CO) detectors to distribute to HandyVan clients.

The HandyVan service helps older people in Cardiff and Penarth to make their homes safer and more secure by carrying out small household repairs and odd jobs such as installing CO detectors and smoke alarms.

Wales & West Utilities’ corporate affairs manager Jaime Falarczyk said: “Wales & West Utilities and Age Cymru share the same goals of wanting to help keep vulnerable older people safe in their homes, so this partnership makes real sense for us.

“Through Age Cymru’s HandyVan service, we will be helping to educate older people about gas safety and the dangers of CO poisoning. CO is known as ‘the silent killer’ - you can’t see, smell or taste it, and it kills 40 people a year across the UK, injuring thousands more.”

He added: “It is released by household appliances such as oil and gas boilers or log burners that haven’t been installed properly or are poorly maintained, or flues, chimneys or vents that are blocked.

“This partnership will help us to keep more gas customers in Cardiff and Penarth safe from the dangers of CO poisoning.”

Age Cymru chief executive Ian Thomas said the charity was happy to be working with a company that shared the same values and goals.

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