Safety mea­sures to take against Car­bon Monox­ide

Enniscorthy Guardian - - NEWS -

EN­SURE that rooms in your home con­tain­ing heat­ing ap­pli­ances are prop­erly ven­ti­lated - NEVER BLOCK VENTS

• Make sure all chim­neys are reg­u­larly swept and kept clear

• Use ap­pli­ances only for the PUR­POSE for which they were de­signed, e.g. do not use a cooker to heat a room

• NEVER use any ap­pli­ance if you sus­pect it might be faulty

• If un­der­tak­ing AL­TER­ATIONS to your home which may af­fect the safety or ef­fi­ciency of your heat­ing in­stal­la­tion (e.g. adding an ex­ten­sion, con­vert­ing a garage, re­mov­ing in­ter­nal walls, chang­ing a liv­ing room into a bed­room, dou­ble glaz­ing / weather sealed doors) fol­low this safety ad­vice:

• Do not block or build around any ex­ist­ing air vents or flues

• If creat­ing a new liv­ing space, en­sure it has ven­ti­la­tion in ac­cor­dance with Build­ing Reg­u­la­tions

• If adding ad­di­tional ra­di­a­tors en­sure that your boiler can cope with the ad­di­tional ca­pac­ity

• If you are al­ter­ing or adding ap­pli­ances to a nat­u­ral gas or LPG in­stal­la­tion, en­sure that work is car­ried out to IS813:2002 Do­mes­tic Gas In­stal­la­tions

• Get pro­fes­sional ad­vice on ven­ti­la­tion and flue­ing be­fore em­bark­ing on al­ter­ations to your house. Con­tact your fuel sup­plier sub­sti­tute for reg­u­lar in­spec­tion and main­te­nance of ap­pli­ances, vents, flues and chim­neys. Check that the Car­bon Monox­ide alarm com­plies with the EN 50291 stan­dard. Nat­u­ral Gas Choose room­sealed ap­pli­ances.

With room-sealed ap­pli­ances fresh air in­take for com­bus­tion comes from out­side of the house and emis­sions are then dis­charged out­side also. As such, the air in the room where the ap­pli­ance is fit­ted is not used or af­fected by the ap­pli­ance.

There­fore room-sealed ap­pli­ances (bal­anced flue or fanned draught types) are rec­om­mended for new and re­place­ment boil­ers and wa­ter heaters. Do you have an un­safe wa­ter heater? Flue­less gas wa­ter heaters are con­sid­ered dan­ger­ous be­cause they con­sume the air in­side the room.

This causes the prod­ucts of com­bus­tion - in­clud­ing toxic Car­bon Monox­ide - to dis­charge di­rectly into the room where the heater is fit­ted. If used for ex­tended pe­ri­ods, the lev­els of Car­bon Monox­ide can build up to dan­ger­ous lev­els if there is a lack of ven­ti­la­tion.

Open flue-type wa­ter heaters lo­cated in bath­rooms are also con­sid­ered un­safe. If you think you may have an un­safe gas wa­ter­heater con­tact Bord Gáis Net­works now on 1850 79 79 79 for a free safety check.

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