Carbon Monoxide is one of the main reasons as to why it is so important to keep your boiler healthy. To find out about carbon monoxide and how to take measures to detect if your boiler starts to produce carbon monoxide.
What is Carbon Monoxide?
Carbon monoxide is produced when gas boilers don’t completely burn their fuel. It can be tricky to spot as it is a tasteless, odourless, invisible poisonous gas so you probably won’t know if you’re at risk, especially as some of the symptoms can be the same as those of flu.
Buy a Carbon Monoxide Alarm
A way to protect yourself against carbon monoxide poisoning is to install an audible carbon monoxide alarm in you home. These alarms will cost approximately £15 – £30 and are able to be found at most DIY stores. Once this alarm has been installed, if it detects carbon monoxide you will be alerted straight away.
Installing a Carbon Monoxide Alarm
You should install your carbon monoxide alarm at least one metre away from your boiler, ideally this should be within the same room. If your boiler starts to produce carbon monoxide you will be alerted, but remember to test your alarm at regular intervals.
Suspect a Gas Leak?
If there is a gas leak in your home, contact the National Gas Service immediately on 0800 111 999.