More reported cases of carbon monoxide have come from Greater Manchester than many other areas of the country this year.
During Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week (23 to 29 Nov), gas emergency service Cadent said its engineers attended 3,074 reported incidents in the region between January and October.
But this compares to 5,370 in the whole of 2019, which is down 31% when you compare like-for-like, 10-month stats.
This is prompting fears people don’t realise the 24/7 gas emergency service is continuing to operate through regional restrictions and the current lockdown, or that they may even be opting against calling it.
Jenny Moten, North West Network Director, Cadent, said: “Carbon monoxide is known as a silent killer, causing around 40 deaths in England and Wales each year.
“It’s so important that if you suspect its presence – whether that’s a CO alarm activating, or any of the other indicators – you ring us immediately on 0800 111 999.
“The gas emergency service is classed as a critical service, keeping you safe in your home through any Covid-19 regional or national restrictions.
“I want to assure everyone that my engineers are taking extra safety precautions, like washing hands, wearing gloves and masks, and wiping down any surfaces they touch. We remain here for you, 24/7.”
Adding to concerns, a survey of 8,000 people* carried out in August found only 40 per cent nationally had a working, audible CO alarm in their house – 33% in Greater Manchester. Across the country, almost half of home owners (43% in Greater Manchester) admitted they don’t follow the advice to get an annual service from a Gas Safe
Carbon monoxide occurs through incomplete combustion of fossil fuels. It’s a risk associated with gas boilers and appliances, but also wood-burning fires, barbecues and generators.
You can’t smell, taste or see it – but you can take simple steps to reduce the risks of it emerging.