Carbon monoxide alarms

Carbon monoxide is a lethal gas that is undetectable by sight, smell or taste. It is also a natural bi-product of burning fossil fuels, and can be produced by improperly fitted or maintained gas appliances in the home.

To minimise the risk of producing carbon monoxide in your property, it is crucial that all gas appliances are inspected and checked every year by a CORGI-registered professional.

Signs of a faulty appliance include the following:

  • Flames that are normally blue burning orange or yellow
  • Pilot light frequently blows out
  • Appliance is difficult to light
  • Increased condensation forming inside the windows
  • Appliance has soot or yellow / brown stains around it

If you spot any of these warning signs, you should switch off the appliance and arrange for a CORGI-registered engineer to inspect it before you use it again.

In addition to regular checks, a carbon monoxide alarm will give you added peace of mind. These should not be fitted near to gas appliances or to smoke alarms – one alarm at knee level is recommended, near where people sleep in the property.

A carbon monoxide alarm should never be considered a substitute for regular inspections by a CORGI-registered professional.

As it is so difficult to detect the presence of carbon monoxide fumes, the first sign of mild exposure can be flu-like symptoms. However, in extreme cases the fumes can cause death within a few hours, and NHS Direct puts the number of deaths each year in the UK from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning at 50, with a further 200 people seriously injured.

Furthermore, research commissioned by the Health and Safety Executive found that 8% of homes tested were at risk of ‘dangerous levels’ of carbon monoxide.


For £45 you can arrange for a carbon monoxide alarm to be supplied and fitted on your next inspection/service visit by one of our qualified engineers. To hear more about what we can do to help you make your home safer, call PGS Plumbers today.

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