Our own commissioned research into the levels of awareness in the dangers of Carbon Monoxide has revealed what could be described as alarming. This is why each year we pledge our support to Gas Safety Week.
Gas safety is important all year round, but it is not always a household’s top priority. Gas Safety Week, which is coordinated by Gas Safe Register, provides a platform for the gas industry, consumer organisations and individuals to focus on gas safety over a one week period in order to raise awareness with the public.
The seventh annual Gas Safety Week is taking place between 18th and 24th September and aims to raise awareness of the dangers of poorly maintained gas appliances, which can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning.
As the plumbing and heating industry’s largest employer’s trade association we actively promote gas safety and we believe it is important that we support Gas Safety Week. When I last checked, APHC is just one of around 7,000 companies and organisations who have pledged their support. Whilst it is great to see this level of support and we hope this year’s campaign makes a positive contribution in protecting the safety of the public, I know from our own research there is still more work to do.
Our research found that 39 per cent of households don’t have a carbon monoxide alarm fitted in their homes with another 34 per cent having rooms that contain either a gas, oil or solid fuel burning appliance that doesn’t also have a carbon monoxide alarm fitted.
Our research also found that 37 per cent of householders didn't know that it is advisable, and in some cases that it is a legal requirement, for a carbon monoxide alarm to be fitted in each room where there is a gas, oil or solid fuel burning appliance.
We have been vocal in wanting to improve gas safety and just recently APHC’s president called for greater enforcement action in penalising those responsible for dangerous gas work and further legislation banning these individuals from re-registering on the Gas Safe Register.
You can find out more about Gas Safety Week 2017 at www.gassaferegister.co.uk/gassafetyweek.
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