CORGI has released a report that pinpoints the areas and groups of people most vulnerable to the exposure of carbon monoxide (CO). The report shows that between January 2006 and April 2007, there were 102 carbon monoxide incidents claiming 50 lives and causing 218, often long-term, injuries. Lack of centralised reporting plus undiagnosed cases passing through the healthcare system means the overall figures will be much higher.
The Worst Hit Regions:
The Midlands, North East, Wales and Yorkshire are the worst effected regions in the UK, reporting the most incidents per head of population.
The elderly and the young have been identified as vulnerable groups as they are more susceptible and tenants have also been highlighted due to the risks that tenants face in the hands of some lazy and ignorant private landlords.
The general public are also at risk from their startling lack of knowledge of the deadly danger of carbon monoxide. For instance, CORGIs consumer research reveals that 90% of the country has a smoke alarm but almost three quarters of the UK does not have a carbon monoxide alarm and alarmingly 3% of people do not even know what one is.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be caused by many factors such as blocked flues and chimneys, faulty appliances, installation faults, owner error and even weather conditions. Counter measures recommended to reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisonings include fitting a carbon monoxide alarm, using a CORGI registered member and servicing appliances annually.
Download the CORGI Carbon Monoxide Report