The Reason I Will Always Be Gas Safety Vigilant – Win a Family Day Out.

The Reason I Will Always Be Gas Safety Vigilant – Win a Family Day Out.

Ahead of this year’s Gas Safety Week, Gas Safe Register is reminding families of best practice when it comes to ensuring gas appliances are safe and so I wanted to share my story of carbon monoxide poisoning with you.

When Littlest was two weeks old, our boiler broke. That was enough to provoke a fair amount of anxiety all by itself. The last thing you want when you are in the post-birth haze, with a tiny baby and a two-year-old, is no hot water and no heating when it is freezing outside. We did not have any boiler maintenance and had not looked once at it since we moved in 18 months before – it had always just worked. Why would we? Gas safety was the last thing on my mind with two babies in the space of two years.

We had to call an emergency engineer and figure out how to open the loft. The first thing the engineer said to me after looking at the boiler for ten minutes was “Do you have a carbon monoxide alarm?” Rather sheepishly, I replied no, we didn’t. His answer filled me with dread.

“Buy one. Now.”

It turns out that our boiler had been in a bad way for some time. It had been leaking into the ceiling and due to a high wardrobe with things piled on top, we had not seen the water damage. When I removed the packages on top, there was a huge brown stain where the boiler had been leaking for months, if not years.

The engineer was amazed that the boiler had worked up until that point. He said that it had likely been leaking carbon monoxide (CO) for some time. The only reason we had not felt its affects was because it was in the loft.

I was struggling with a new-born with severe colic and a toddler just about to be diagnosed with autism. I was surviving on very little sleep and had been breastfeeding and pumping every other hour, day and night. Mentally and physically exhausted, I was faced with the realisation that I might have been poisoning my babies, due to my own negligence – it was too much.

I broke down.

After a kind word from the engineer and a hot cup of tea, eventually, I regained my composure. I immediately ordered two CO alarms and started requesting quotes for a new boiler. The old one had been patched up to give us hot water but the engineer warned that it would need replacing “as soon as physically possible” and I was not going to take any chances again.

Shortly after, we had a brand new, fully-functioning boiler with a ten-year guarantee.

Needless to say, it has regular maintenance and gas safety checks.

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Did you know that nearly half (46%) of the nation’s homes currently don’t have a CO alarm? This could leave more than 12 million households across the UK at risk from CO poisoning.

When it comes to staying safe at home, three-quarters of people agree that they worry about safety, and spend time ensuring that their home is as safe as it can be. However, British families are more likely to fit a smoke alarm (83%), double glazing (76%) or window locks (70%) than have a CO alarm (54%). CO poisoning is known as the ‘silent killer’ as you cannot see, taste or smell it. A CO alarm can alert you to the presence of CO. As CO is odourless and colourless, this is essential.

Ensuring Your Family Stays Gas Safe

During Gas Safety Week, Gas Safe Register are keen to make sure that you know these three tips to ensure that your gas appliances are safe:

  1. Check appliances annually – an annual gas safety check reminder service can be found via www.StayGasSafe.co.uk. Currently only 54% of people get annual gas checks.
  2. Know the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning – although carbon monoxide (CO) has no smell, taste or colour, symptoms of poisoning include: headaches; dizziness; nausea; breathlessness; collapse and loss of consciousness – all of which can be mistaken for something else.
  3. Only employ a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer – you can find a local registered engineer to carry out gas work in your home by calling Gas Safe Register on 0800 408 5500 or by visiting www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk.

Gas Safety Week 2017 is taking place from 18 September. You can register your support for the Thunderclap here or search #GSW17 on social media.

This Gas Safety Week, Gas Safe Register is looking to create a video to raise awareness about CO poisoning and the best ways to look after gas appliances. If your child would like to take part by acting out the symptoms of CO poisoning, or talking about gas safety in general, please email a short landscape video to press@gassaferegister.co.uk by Wednesday 13th September.

To find out about dangers in your area visit www.StayGasSafe.co.uk and to find a Gas Safe registered engineer call 0800 408 5500 or visit www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk.

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Please note, this post is in collaboration with Gas Safe Register.

121 Comments

  1. Jacqueline Roberts
    7th September 2017 / 12:41 pm

    Have no gas supply so dont need a tester but do have smoke alarms and movement detectors

  2. Kate Davies
    7th September 2017 / 12:48 pm

    We have a CO2 alarm and our boiler serviced annually.

  3. Annabel Greaves
    7th September 2017 / 2:00 pm

    We have a CO2 alarm

  4. Alica
    7th September 2017 / 2:21 pm

    We have annual gas and electric safety checks, fire alarms and CO2 detectors 🙂

  5. MM
    7th September 2017 / 2:37 pm

    Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors

  6. Tina Hewitt
    7th September 2017 / 3:07 pm

    I have both smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms fitted and I have them checked regularly ( they are no use if they aren’t working

  7. Rich Tyler
    7th September 2017 / 3:10 pm

    Smoke / Carbon Monoxide Alarms, Yearly Boiler Checks

  8. Judith Allen
    7th September 2017 / 3:12 pm

    I must have done something right, my daughter is 27 this year. I liked to think I helped her become independent, aware of safety online and on the city streets, and how to read a bus timetable.

  9. Beccy Rowley
    7th September 2017 / 3:17 pm

    Annual gas and electric safety checks and regular check the smoke alarms.

  10. Karen Usher
    7th September 2017 / 4:14 pm

    Well I work for Ambulance Service, I see so much everyday, I think it so important to keep a first aid kit at home! YOu never know when you will need it.

  11. Claire glace
    7th September 2017 / 4:23 pm

    Smoke detectors checked annually, as is the gas boiler x

  12. barbara daniels
    7th September 2017 / 5:11 pm

    Im hot on carbon dioxide, checking, curtain chords, everything.

  13. Katie
    7th September 2017 / 5:41 pm

    Get the boiler serviced regularly

  14. Ashleigh Allan
    7th September 2017 / 6:00 pm

    We have a co2 detector and also a little card one to take on holiday

  15. Leanne Rowlands
    7th September 2017 / 6:45 pm

    Smoke alarms in the house

  16. Adrienne McGroder
    7th September 2017 / 6:50 pm

    Smoke alarms fitted and checked regularly and boiler serviced regularly

  17. Bob Clark
    7th September 2017 / 6:57 pm

    have modern smoke alarms

  18. Paula Gwynne
    7th September 2017 / 7:20 pm

    We have a C02 alarm as well as x2 smoke detectors

  19. Faye Reed
    7th September 2017 / 7:39 pm

    Make sure my landlord keeps on the ball with his annual gas safety certificate.

  20. Andrea Fletcher
    7th September 2017 / 7:47 pm

    We have a carbon monoxide detector and a smoke alarms.

  21. Sarah Cooper
    7th September 2017 / 8:38 pm

    We get a boiler service and have a carbon monoxide detector.

  22. Laura Findlay
    7th September 2017 / 8:45 pm

    Glad to hear you were all ok and have had the boiler situation sorted. I plan to put some new batteries in our smoke alarms to keep us safe x

  23. Deborah Mackenzie
    7th September 2017 / 8:53 pm

    We have smoke alarms, Carbon Monoxide alarms and all our appliances are checked yearly. Also, make sure that electric cables are either hidden or are safe from children.

  24. Anthony Harrington
    7th September 2017 / 8:55 pm

    we have co2 alarm and have our boiler serviced every year

  25. Jayne Townson
    7th September 2017 / 9:12 pm

    We have smoke alarms and a co2 detector. Thanks for this lovely giveaway.

  26. Emma Gibson
    7th September 2017 / 9:48 pm

    We have carbon monoxide alarms and smoke alarms.

  27. CAROL PATRICK
    7th September 2017 / 9:54 pm

    We have smoke alarms in various rooms

  28. Elanor Rice
    7th September 2017 / 10:15 pm

    I have smoke alarms, safety gates, safety locks a C02 detector and hope I’m safety conscious, always on the lookout for new tips and tricks and story’s like this one encourage and inspire us to all look again to make sure we’re doing what needs to be done.

  29. Kim W
    7th September 2017 / 10:34 pm

    CO2 alarm. But how often are you meant to replace them? The batteries seem to last a few years.

  30. Solange
    7th September 2017 / 10:45 pm

    We make our home look occupied at all times, we ensure that our driveway and entry points to our home have adequate lighting, we installed motion sensor lights as well as an alarm system and we have a carbon monoxide detector and a smoke alarm.

  31. Leila Benhamida
    7th September 2017 / 10:49 pm

    We have smoke alarms and a monoxide detector and a yearly inspection

  32. fiona waterworth
    7th September 2017 / 11:21 pm

    Wehave co2 monitors and smoke monitors, since being on a fire marshall course my husband is a bit fanatical about gas leaks and fires

  33. Ben Robb
    8th September 2017 / 12:13 am

    we have smoke alarms and movement detectors

  34. lyn burgess
    8th September 2017 / 12:45 am

    Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, and boiler serviced regularly

  35. Char Keddy
    8th September 2017 / 10:13 am

    Smoke alarms and electric plug protectors

  36. Corinne Wright
    8th September 2017 / 11:11 am

    Smoke alarms and a carbon monoxide detectors which we get checked regularly.

  37. caroline mccabe
    8th September 2017 / 3:22 pm

    we have smoke alarmas and a carbon monoxide alarm

  38. Ruth Harwood
    9th September 2017 / 2:27 pm

    smoke alarms and taking keys and phone to bed at night!!

  39. Jeanette Leighton
    9th September 2017 / 9:08 pm

    How lucky your family are safe X
    I have smoke alarms I make sure I switch things of at bedtime

  40. Andrea Upton
    9th September 2017 / 9:38 pm

    We have Carbon Monoxide and smoke alarms

  41. Angela Treadway
    10th September 2017 / 12:12 am

    We have a c02 alarm x

  42. Nikki Hayes
    10th September 2017 / 3:13 pm

    We are council tenants and our local council do a full check of our boiler, gas fire and gas supply/meter every year, including a carbon monoxide test. We don’t actually use the gas fire in any event as we have central heating but they still check it anyway.

  43. Hon (Charlie) Cheung
    10th September 2017 / 7:15 pm

    Smoke alarms x

  44. claire griffiths
    10th September 2017 / 10:29 pm

    We have an annual boiler check and also have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors one upstairs and one down

  45. Samantha Mann
    11th September 2017 / 11:27 am

    We have a co2 alarm and smoke alarm. We have an annual boiler check too.

  46. Tasha
    12th September 2017 / 7:45 am

    We have a co2 and smoke alarm

  47. Helen Stratton
    12th September 2017 / 9:00 pm

    Same as many, co2 alarm, smoke alarm and regular gas/boiler checks.

  48. Margaret GALLAGHER
    13th September 2017 / 12:02 am

    Smoke alarms boiler checks once a year

  49. Jo Carroll
    13th September 2017 / 10:03 am

    We are fortunate in that our CO2 alarm and our boiler serviced annually as part of our rental agreement…so many scary stories 🙁

  50. Suzanne Gaulton
    16th September 2017 / 9:55 am

    Smoke alarms and an escape plan for us all if we need to get out of the house

  51. Victoria Thurgood
    18th September 2017 / 9:24 pm

    We have a CO2 alarm

  52. Lorraine Kirk
    19th September 2017 / 10:46 am

    We have a CO2 monitor and smoke alarms.

  53. Kelly Hirst
    19th September 2017 / 4:13 pm

    I have both smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms around my house

  54. Mary Davis
    19th September 2017 / 10:26 pm

    Our house doesn’t use gas, and we do have smoke alarms.

  55. Fiona Rennie
    20th September 2017 / 1:43 pm

    We have regular boiler checkups and have a carbon monoxide alarm too

  56. STACY SORRELL
    21st September 2017 / 11:47 am

    We have 2 smoke alarms (upstairs & downstairs), a CO2 monitor, and i make sure the front and back doors are always locked , even when we are inside x

  57. Christine Lockley
    24th September 2017 / 8:37 pm

    We stay safe by ensuring that all smoke and other alarms are checked regularly and try to keep up to date with latest safety warnings such as blind cords etc. I also make sure we have an up to date first aid kit

  58. john prendergast
    24th September 2017 / 8:52 pm

    Annual gas and electric safety checks

  59. Stacey Gahan
    24th September 2017 / 10:58 pm

    We have smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and because we’re in a rented property have an annual gas safety check

  60. paula cheadle
    25th September 2017 / 11:28 am

    we have no gas, but we do have smoke detectors in both hallways

  61. Jasmine Johns
    26th September 2017 / 9:00 pm

    We have a carbon monoxide alarm and smoke detectors, im always checking the batteries haven’t ran out.

  62. Sarah Carter
    27th September 2017 / 9:53 am

    I have my smoke detectors checked and changed every year we have them in every room apart from the bathroom

  63. 27th September 2017 / 10:07 am

    We have our boiler serviced regularly and have smoke detectors attached to the mains electricity!

  64. Marie Evans
    28th September 2017 / 12:01 pm

    By having all our gas appliances serviced every year

  65. Jordan Jarmain
    28th September 2017 / 3:28 pm

    I’m ashamed to say we don’t have a co2 detector but we do get our boiler serviced regularly. We also check the fire alarms monthly xx

  66. Katie Skeoch
    29th September 2017 / 1:40 pm

    We have CO alarms & a new boiler, but this is as we moved to a new build. I was probably just like you in our old home, must be more vigilant x

  67. Jessica Barber
    30th September 2017 / 6:02 pm

    Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms with regularly checked batteries!

  68. 30th September 2017 / 7:56 pm

    We have CO alarms at various points throughout the house and a new boiler. No gas fire or anything so that’s about all we can do!

  69. Rena Plumridge
    1st October 2017 / 4:15 pm

    Make sure smoke and co2 alarms fitted and married to plumbing and heating engineer who is gas safe registered

  70. Joanne Austin
    1st October 2017 / 7:46 pm

    We have a co2 alarm and smoke alarm

  71. Sadiyya maryam
    1st October 2017 / 8:50 pm

    CO2 and smoke alarms.

  72. Tracy Gladman
    2nd October 2017 / 11:06 am

    I have smoke alarms and CO2 alarms. i also have a tracker on my daughter’s phone to ensure I know where she is. We also have a house alarm.

  73. Susan B
    2nd October 2017 / 1:15 pm

    We have smoke and Co2 alarms, we have taught the children when and how to call for an ambulance and they know how to unlock the door to escape in the event of a fire.

  74. Lindsey Smith
    2nd October 2017 / 1:26 pm

    We have a Co2 alarm and regularly check the smoke alarms – usually through bad cooking though!

  75. Donna Sadler
    2nd October 2017 / 2:50 pm

    Gosh this struck a chord with me. My son and I had CO2 poisoning in 1998, we were extremely lucky and my DS is a strapping 20 year old now! Im hot on CO2 monitors and smoke alarms, not leaving candles unattended when burning, and not staying far away from the tumble dryer when in use. You really cant be too careful these days

  76. stephanie Campbell
    2nd October 2017 / 8:38 pm

    we have a carbon monoxide alarm. it saved our lives in our last home.

  77. charlotte cooper
    3rd October 2017 / 5:42 am

    smoke alarms .

  78. James Travis
    3rd October 2017 / 5:06 pm

    CO2 alarm

  79. 3rd October 2017 / 5:34 pm

    generally keep family safe by knowing where everyone is – for gas safety we have detector and also have practised emergency evacuation with the kids – hoping we’ll never need to evacuate for real but want them to know what to do in an emergency.

  80. Stacy Fenemore
    3rd October 2017 / 8:13 pm

    I have an annual gas check

  81. lynn neal
    3rd October 2017 / 9:07 pm

    We keep the boiler service up to date, have carbon monoxide alarm etc.

  82. Linda Curtis
    3rd October 2017 / 10:07 pm

    smoke alarms fire blanket
    we have talked about how we can get out the house if ever there was a fire
    so everybody knows the safest way to get out

  83. Sandra Bald
    4th October 2017 / 2:08 pm

    We have Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarms
    we have yearly boiler checks

  84. Anthea Holloway
    4th October 2017 / 2:09 pm

    We have a CO2 alarm, fire blankets and easy exits too.

  85. Emma Fox
    4th October 2017 / 2:18 pm

    We have a CO2 alarm and service our boiler 🙂

  86. michelle o'neill
    4th October 2017 / 4:17 pm

    We have a CO2 alarm x

  87. Sheri Darby
    4th October 2017 / 10:32 pm

    We have smoke alarms and a carbon Monoxide detector

  88. nicky pearce
    5th October 2017 / 9:53 am

    annual checks

  89. 5th October 2017 / 11:00 am

    Smoke alarms have three and have a gas safety check once a year

  90. carol boffey
    5th October 2017 / 12:30 pm

    smoke alarms i check them every few months

  91. Rebecca mercer
    5th October 2017 / 12:52 pm

    Smoke alarms

  92. Sandra Charnley
    5th October 2017 / 2:08 pm

    Great Blog!

  93. Kim Neville
    5th October 2017 / 3:24 pm

    We have smoke alarms and a carbon monoxide alarm in our house and have yearly gas and electric tests

  94. Kate
    5th October 2017 / 3:39 pm

    We have a CO2 detector!

  95. vicki gorton
    5th October 2017 / 4:07 pm

    We have a CO2 and smoke alarm to help keep our family safe xxx

  96. Carly Belsey
    5th October 2017 / 6:49 pm

    Carbon Monoxide alarm and fire alarms. Thank you

  97. Paula T
    5th October 2017 / 8:31 pm

    We have smoke alarms that are mains and battery powered, annual gas and electricity checks and a c02 alarm x

  98. Heather Brannan
    5th October 2017 / 9:33 pm

    We have wire mains smoke alarms fitted and carbon monoxide alarms as well

  99. Jo McPherson
    5th October 2017 / 10:09 pm

    We have smoke and co2 alarms and our boiler is serviced once a year

  100. Adrian Bold
    6th October 2017 / 2:33 am

    We have a CO2 alarm

  101. Lucy Chester
    6th October 2017 / 6:57 am

    We have smoke alarms, CO2 alarm, fire blanket and have taught my children what to do in an emergency

  102. Emma Hussain
    6th October 2017 / 7:07 am

    We have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and I make sure my boiler is serviced annually

  103. ellie spider
    6th October 2017 / 7:11 am

    I have acombi co2 and smoke detector in the kitchen (which is whereour boiler is) I had quite severecarbon monoxide poisoning when I was at uni from my accomodation – I livd at the top of a tenament building which was empty except for me as itwas used by peopleworking on th oilrigs in the north sea – the ground floor was a beauty salon and it was burned in an arson attack – I was asleep when it happpened and the fire was caught quickly but because they thought the building was empty they didnt let me know i had to leave – when my flat mate came home i was unconscious and got rushed to hospital – since then i am much more aware of carbon monoxide/1

  104. Christine Clarke
    6th October 2017 / 9:07 am

    We have both in our house but i could probably do with some more fire alarms upstairs, we had a new bolier 3 years ago but the one before was ancient

  105. Maggie Ali
    6th October 2017 / 1:39 pm

    I have a bit of an obsession when it comes to safety. Fire and carbon monoxide alarms are a must in my house. Our boiler needs replacing soon so that’s a next box that needs to be ticked on my list.

  106. Stewart Biddle
    6th October 2017 / 4:13 pm

    Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms

  107. ADEINNE TONNER
    6th October 2017 / 7:22 pm

    We have numerous smoke alarms and C20 alarms too.

  108. Rebecca Powell
    6th October 2017 / 7:42 pm

    Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors

  109. Natalie Crossan
    6th October 2017 / 8:06 pm

    regularly check my smoke alarms and have a c02 alarm too

  110. olivia kirby
    6th October 2017 / 8:19 pm

    I keep all the alarms well checked and maintained and in general barely let them out of my sight!

  111. Lia Burns
    6th October 2017 / 8:55 pm

    When my daughter was born our boiler started leaking, I have a friend who works for British Gas and I got him to take a look as we couldn’t afford to pay someone, he immediately condemned it and we had to move out whilst we had a new one fitted. We now have two carbon monoxide alarms in our house

  112. Nancy Bradford
    6th October 2017 / 9:24 pm

    I make sure everything and checked regularly and am vigilante

  113. Gill Mitchell
    6th October 2017 / 10:19 pm

    Smoke alarms and CO2 alarms that are tested regularly. Safety is the most important thing.

  114. Tammy Neal
    6th October 2017 / 10:50 pm

    Smoke alarms, co2 detector and annual checks x

  115. Danielle Graves
    6th October 2017 / 11:02 pm

    We have two smoke alarms in our house as well as a carbon monoxide alarm. We also have annual checks. We too had a dodgy boiler in the past so can’t be too careful.

  116. Sarah Russell
    6th October 2017 / 11:12 pm

    We have c02 detectors in the hall by our boiler, my grandaughters have them in the hall and their bedroom and livingroom. Its so good we have stuff like this now thinking of years ago how many people prob lost children to something awful like this and no idea. Thats why l love the internet you can get so much iformation now and blogs of other moms are amazing because its always nice to know you doing things somewere near right, even as a gran now l like to keep up on whats going on and so grateful for all the information thats out there!.

  117. Jennifer Baker
    6th October 2017 / 11:13 pm

    Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide Alarms, I have them checked regulary xx

  118. Nicola Phipps
    6th October 2017 / 11:15 pm

    Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Alarms which we have tested regularly… Can’t be too over cautious with two young children xx

  119. Diana
    6th October 2017 / 11:29 pm

    Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

  120. Marina Parry Owen
    6th October 2017 / 11:58 pm

    When I was 13 I lost my uncle and aunt due to carbon monoxide poisoning. Ever since I’ve been paranoid about C02 and we’ve got an alarm in the house. It went off in the middle of the night a few years ago when the kids were very young and I knew we just had to get out of the house quickly as it affects children straight away. My husband suggested that we switched the boiler off and opened all the windows and we’d be ok, but I said that there was no way the kids or me were staying it was too much of a risk. We woke the kids up, got them in the car and phoned my mum in law and asked if we could stay over. Luckily when the plumber came to check the boiler the following morning he found that it was perfectly safe. It turned out to be a fault on the alarm. But it’s better to be safe than sorry. I’d never be without a CO2 alarm. They don’t cost much but they can save lives.

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