It’s fair to say that we all look forward to our holidays – and so we should! But whether you’re escaping to sandy beaches, glamorous cities or even the rainy countryside, you still need to consider important issues like gas safety when you’re away on your travels.
Between July 2011 and July 2013, 40 people were killed or injured by carbon monoxide poisoning whilst staying in a tent, caravan, holiday cottage or boat in Britain. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a highly poisonous gas produced by the incomplete combustion of gas, oil or solid fuels.
You might feel well protected against carbon monoxide at home – but whilst away you could be vulnerable. If you’re staying in short-term rented accommodation, you don’t know when the appliances were last checked and serviced. It’s UK law for landlords to have gas appliances checked every year – so if you’re unsure you might want to check that the property landlord has had this done. Ask to see a copy of the Gas Safety Record.
Cooler weather can bring its own dangers, too. Roland Wessling lost his partner in 2011 when she was overcome by CO fumes, after the couple moved their cold barbecue into their tent to avoid it being rained on. You can read Roland’s story or visit our BBQ safety page for further tips on staying safe.
For more information download our top tips for staying safe on holiday.