Every week there seems to be a new article in the media with the two words we all fear – carbon monoxide…Very effective campaigns driven by The HSE, Gas Safe and other industry bodies have raised awareness of the danger, but to a degree this has been quite rightly focused on the Domestic Sector which is often unregulated, hence targeting owner occupiers with a campaign highlighting the dangers.
What is Carbon monoxide?
Carbon monoxide is a sneaky silent killer – it’s colourless, you can’t smell it and you can’t taste it – making it nigh on impossible to detect without the use of a Carbon monoxide detection systems. CO can kill quickly without warning, and according to recent HSE statistics on average 12 people die from CO poisoning every year, with non-fatalities (hospitalization) averaging 300 per year. (Source Below: RIDDOR: Table RIDGAS 2008/9-2012/13)
RIDDOR Table RIDGAS
Incidents reported in Great Britain relating to the supply and use of flammable gas (a) 2008/09- 2012/13p
|Type of incident (b)||Year|
|Total number of incidents||203||223||278||173||219|
|Carbon monoxide poisoning||172||196||229||142||187|
|Other exposure e.g. to unburnt gas||4||6||13||7||6|
|Total number of fatalities||18||10||17||4||10|
|Carbon monoxide poisoning||15||9||13||3||9|
|Other exposure e.g. to unburnt gas||1||–||1||.-||–|
|Total number of non-fatalities||324||330||428||266||343|
|Carbon monoxide poisoning||289||292||368||226||302|
|Other exposure e.g. to unburnt gas||5||11||12||8||6|
Below are a few notes on the above Continue reading