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.

In celebration of Gas Safety Week, which this year is focusing on family safety, you could win an amazing day out with Gas Safe Register. Simply scroll to the Rafflecopter below to learn how to enter.

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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.

Competition – Win a Family Day out with Gas Safe Register

Keeping our loved-ones safe is highest on everyone’s list of priorities. However, spending quality time with them probably comes a close second. You could be in with a chance to win £100 voucher to spend on a family day out. Simply enter via the Rafflecopter below. Please note, terms and conditions apply. You can read them here.

Good luck!

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

57 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

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