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11/08/2017

Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week 2017

Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week 2017

Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week continues this year and will runs from 25th of September to the 1st October 2017.

Calor will once again join forces with hundreds of organisations across the Irish energy sector to support this annual campaign. We'll be updating you with all of our safety tips and advice all week to ensure we continue to spread awareness.  

Stay tuned for our safety competiton where we'll have giveaways each week and we'll be teaming up with Northern Ireland Safety week which runs the week prior, commencing September 18th.

The aim of the campaign is to promote awareness of the dangers of carbon monoxide to the general public. And of course once more, carbon monoxide campaigner Tommy McAnairey will be helping spread the word across Ireland’s mass media.

What is Carbon Monoxide (CO)?
Carbon monoxide (chemical symbol CO) is a poisonous gas that has no smell, colour or taste. The fact that is it hard to detect and can kill in less than three minutes has earned it the name 'The Silent Killer'. Carbon monoxide can be released by any appliance that burns oil, solid fuel, wood or gas. This includes boilers, if they have not been properly installed and/or maintained and regularly tested.

How can you protect against CO?
Arrange for your boilers and any other fuel burning appliances to be serviced every year by a qualified engineer (registered with the appropriate organisation - Gas Safe or RGII).

1) Buy and install an audible CO alarm with the following standards:

  • Compliance with EN 50291
  • BS Kitemark
  • ‘End Of Life’ Indicator. This is an option available on some alarms and is separate to a fault or battery indicator. The end of life indicator displays when the unit has come to the end of its life, and should therefore be replaced. The life expectation varies for each device, but your documentation with the unit will give an approximate time.

2) Ensure your home is well ventilated. You can do this by:

  • Never blocking vents
  • Keeping chimneys clear
  • Never running engines in enclosed or confined spaces

Read more information on the dangers of carbon monoxide and Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week by visiting www.carbonmonoxide.ie.

Check our Carbon Monoxide awareness week page here.

You can stay up-to-date with further info and activities throughout Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week. Follow the conversation online using the hashtag #COAwarenessWeek


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