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Friday 8 February 2019

Why you need a Carbon Monoxide Alarm with your woodburner?

Why should you have a co alarm in your house?

A carbon monoxide alarm can protect you when the fuel from your fire is not burning properly, this could be due to a fault or blockage in your wood burner or it can be where there isn't enough ventilation installed in the room.
Around 50 people die each year in the UK from carbon monoxide poisoning and the numbers are unknown for the amount of brain damage that has been caused from continued co poisoning over many years.

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Co Alarm Awareness

What Is the difference between a carbon monoxide alarm and a fire alarm?
a fire alarm only detect heat and smoke in the room and will protect you from a property fire. A carbon monoxide alarm will protect you from a faulty woodburner installation or incomplete combustion.

what is the difference between carbon monoxide alarm and a carbon monoxide detector?
An co alarm has a speaker that will alert you, especially when you're asleep. A detector will only alert you when you look at the tab. This is why it is only recommended to have a carbon monoxide alarm fitted in your property.

Where should you install a co alarm?
co alarms should be installed within 3 metres of the wood burner or open fire but not within 1 meter of the appliance. On many occasions this will be to the left or right of the chimney breast and about 3 inches from the ceiling.

Where is the best place to buy a co alarm?
The best place to buy a carbon monoxide alarm is either online via a website such as Amazon, or in store from any DIY shop or supermarket such as Asda or Sainsbury's.

How much does a Carbon Monoxide alarm cost?
You can buy a carbon monoxide alarm for anything between £25 and £35

How to install A CO Alarm?
There is two common ways to install a carbon monoxide Alarm. The first is to drill a hole in your wall, install a plug, install the screw and there will be a a hole where the alarm hangs on the screw from.

The other option have to use a double sided high strength sticky pad and stick this to your wall. Remember to write the install date on the alarm. It only last 5- 7 Years.

What are they symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?

  • headaches
  • nausea
  • dizziness
  • tiredness
  • drowsiness
  • chest pains
  • stomach pains
  • visual problems
  • headaches
These are all signs or symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning.

What to do if my alarm goes off?

  1. If your alarm goes off it is advised that you leave the house immediately and stay away from the property for a substantial amount of time.
  2. Shut off the appliance & open windows if safe to do so.
  3. Call heatas o n 0845 634 5626
Concerned you have been poisoned?
Visit your GP and tell them that you think you may have symptoms relating to carbon monoxide poisoning and  request a blood or breath sample. It's is usually detectable within 4 hours of poisoning

How long does an alarm last for in years?
Most carbon monoxide alarms last between 5 and 7 years it is important to write down the date of installation on the back of your carbon monoxide alarm and once the alarm is out of date bin and replace.

Should I replace the batteries in my alarm?
It is never recommended to replace the batteries in your carbon monoxide alarm as the detection part of the alarm can deteriorate over time, that is why you should replace your alarm between 5 and 7 years.

What can I do to make sure I am safe from carbon monoxide poisoning?

  • Blockages can be a cause so make sure you get your chimney swept by a professional chimney sweep.
  • If there is hot ash, ensure you take your ash bucket outside of the property as this can be a cause of carbon monoxide poisoning due to the hot ash suffocating itself and restricting oxygen which can pump out Carbon Monoxide.
  • Ensure you have an air vent installed in the same room as your wood burner or open fire.
  • Never block your air vents, a new installations of air vents should not have a closed option.
  • Make sure you have a carbon monoxide alarm installed in the room of your wood burner.
  • For extra peace of mind install a second alarm on the second floor in the room that your chimney stack goes through.
  • Regularly Clear your the ash from your fire.
  • Insure your Woodburner installation has been installed correctly inline with building regs document J and is either signed off by building control or has been certified safe by hetas or oftec.
  • Ensure you have the correct chimney cowl installed on your wood burner or open fire.
Does Jim Chim-in-ey supply and fit carbon monoxide alarms in the Dorset area.
Yes Jim the chimney sweep is happy to purchase and install a carbon monoxide alarm and install it at your request. please give him a bell for prices.

Jim will install co alarms across his chimney sweeping area which includes Bournemouth Poole Christchurch Wimborne Southbourne Ferndown and Dorset.

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This article was written by Jim Chim-in-ey

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