Safety Week 1 – 7 October 2018
Mid and West Wales Fire and
Rescue Service (MAWWFRS) are offering home fire safety advice as part of the
National Fire Chiefs Council's (NFCC's) Home Safety Week 2018.
The campaign runs from the 1
– 7 October and aims to remind members of the public the importance of
having working home detection systems (Smoke, Carbon Monoxide and Heat) in the
Burning gas, oil and solid fuels such as coal, coke and wood can all
produce carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide
is a highly poisonous gas that has no colour, taste or smell. Fuel burning
appliances such as stoves, fires, boilers and water heaters can produce carbon
monoxide if they are incorrectly fitted, badly repaired or poorly maintained,
or if flues, chimneys or vents are blocked.
Steve Davies Deputy
Head of Community Safety advises the public;
“Too many people
die needlessly or become seriously ill because of carbon monoxide poisoning
each year; early symptoms can easily be mistaken for flu or tiredness. He continued, “Carbon monoxide is produced
when certain fuels are not properly burnt. This includes gas, oil and solid
fuels such as coal, coke and wood. Carbon monoxide can also seep into
properties via shared flues or chimneys and can even permeate through brick
walls and plaster. It is vital that you
know what signs to look out for.”
You are at risk of
carbon monoxide poisoning if:
• Your fuel burning
appliance was incorrectly or badly installed
• Your appliance
has not been safety checked and serviced annually
• Your chimney or
flue is blocked or has not been swept regularly
• There is no
audible carbon monoxide alarm fitted and working in your home
Steps to keep your
• Fit an audible
alarm and test it regularly
• Service your
• Don’t block
The symptoms of
carbon monoxide poisoning to be aware of are:
• Loss of
thousands of people across the UK are diagnosed with carbon monoxide poisoning.
It is a highly poisonous gas. You can’t see it, taste it or smell it, but it
can kill quickly with no warning.
Please click on the link below
to find out more about Carbon Monoxide Safety.
MAWWFRS offers free safe and well
checks to anyone who would like advice on Home Fire Safety, which includes the
fitting and installation of smoke alarms where required.
Please click on the link below to
find out more about Fire Safety in the home.