gas safety on holiday
Take care, be Gas Safe at home and away
Holidays are the time of year we all look forward to. Whether it
is raining or shining, and whether you are booking an idyllic
holiday cottage, a caravan at the seaside, roughing it in a tent or
just holidaying at home and having a barbecue in the garden, it
pays to be aware of the potential risks.
40 people have been killed or injured by carbon monoxide whilst
staying in a tent, caravan, holiday cottage or boat in Britain in
the past two years. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a highly poisonous gas
that is produced by the incomplete burning of gas, liquid gas, oil,
coal and wood.
When you go away you might be more vulnerable than in your own
home. If you are staying in rented accommodation whether it’s a
B&B, villa, chalet, hotel, caravan or boat you don’t always
know how often the gas appliances have been safety checked or
serviced or if it’s been done by someone qualified. In the UK, by
law, landlords must have gas appliances safety checked every year –
ask the landlord for an up-to-date gas safety record.
Download our top tips for holiday
safety or watch the video below.
If the weather is colder than expected the threat of CO
poisoning could be greater. Roland Wessling lost his partner Hazel
Williams in 2011 when she was overcome by CO fumes. The couple
bought their barbecue, which was cold and no longer smoking, inside
their tent without realising it was emitting deadly CO. Read Roland’s story here.
Check out our barbecue safety page to
give you some top tips for barbecue safety.
Carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms
- loss of consciousness
Find out more about carbon monoxide
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safe on holiday