Roundup of key events from the past year…
- The public were urged to stock up on carbon monoxide (CO) alarms ahead of the summer season, as it was revealed almost 27 million people in the UK do not possess a CO alarm in their home.
- New data revealed that cases of suspected CO poisoning in children are on the rise across the UK, and the worst affected areas include East Anglia (211% increase), West Midlands (58% increase), London (27% increase), East Midlands (27% increase) and the South East (17% increase).
- A report – “Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: Saving Lives, Advancing Treatment” – released from the All-Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group revealed that CO poisoning costs £178 million a year in health costs.
- Campaign group Carbon Monoxide Be Alarmed found that one in three renters don’t have a carbon monoxide alarm in their home.
- Gas Safe Register’s “Decade Review” – which went live in December – revealed that the number of registered gas businesses has increased from 54,000 in 2009 to 74,000 in 2017.
- The most common type of work gas businesses conduct is on domestic heating and hot water systems (84%).