Responding to the news that the Government plans to look at the requirements for carbon monoxide alarms, Abbie Sampson, CO Be Alarmed! campaign spokesperson and Director of External Affairs at Energy UK said:
“We have long called for the rules to be changed so more homes are protected from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning so we welcome this move from the Government.
“Carbon monoxide is known as the ‘silent killer’ – you can’t see it, smell it or taste it, which is why it is so important to have an audible alarm. Yet we know 27 million people in the UK don’t have a life-saving CO alarm in their home, including one in three renters. We urge everyone to protect themselves and their family by following our simple ABC guide – Do you have an Alarm fitted? Have you tested it and are the Batteries working? And have you had an up to date gas Check?”
Research for the CO Be Alarmed! campaign reveals:
- Almost 27 million people in the UK don’t have a carbon monoxide alarm in their home
- Almost three in five people in the UK do not associate symptoms such as headaches, nausea, dizziness and breathlessness with carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Londoners the least likely to be protected with two thirds not having a life-saving alarm
- One in three renters do not have a life-saving carbon monoxide (CO) alarm in their home
- Four in five renters thought it was their landlord’s responsibility to provide a CO alarm in their property
- Eight in 10 think the regulations should change to protect all tenants
- 4 million older people incorrectly think that carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms will simply ‘get better on their own’
- Four in ten would delay going to the doctor with symptoms as they think they would be better by the time the appointment happens
- 1 in 4 pensioners (25%) wouldn’t want to ‘bother’ their GP with symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning