Safety mea­sures to take against Car­bon Monox­ide

Wexford People - - 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.

An RGI is an in­staller who has at least a GID (Gas In­staller Do­mes­tic) qual­i­fi­ca­tion or equiv­a­lent in gas safety which makes him/her com­pe­tent to carry out gas works. He/She will also have a valid in­sur­ance and will have paid the an­nual sub­scrip­tion fee which en­ti­tles him/her to be on the reg­is­ter of RGIs and carry an ID Card with a valid date.

Note: Reg­is­tered Gas In­stallers (RGI) are sep­a­rate en­ti­ties to RGII i.e. busi­nesses or sole traders and RGII have no con­trol over there meth­ods and prac­tices ex­cept in re­la­tion to Gas Safety. RGII would at all times rec­om­mend cus­tomers to con­tact a least three RGI to com­pare cost, qual­ity and ser­vice is­sues be­fore en­ter­ing into any con­tract.

By us­ing an RGI you have the peace of mind that you are deal­ing with a trained in­staller who has the re­quired ex­per­tise in gas safety to en­sure your gas in­stal­la­tion is safe. Each RGI car­ries an ID Card which is re­newed an­nu­ally. The ID on the card is a num­ber from R0001 to R3000 and the photo is one of the in­staller. En­sure the card is in date.

If in doubt, con­tact us at 01-4997998

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