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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning – What are the dangers?

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning – What are the dangers?

Only last weekend we heard about the tragic loss of 3 people losing their life’s in Cornwall from carbon monoxide poisoning. Are you aware of the danger signs for carbon monoxide poisoning though? A headache is the most common symptom of carbon monoxide poisoning but other symptoms include: Dizziness and nausea Vomiting Tiredness and confusion Stomach pain Shortness of breath and difficulty breathing Symptoms can be mistaken for food poisoning and flu. However, unlike flue, carbon monoxide poisoning does not cause a high temperature. The longer you inhale CO gas, the worse your symptoms will be. You will lose balance, your vision and memory. Eventually, you may lose consciousness. This could even occur within 2 hours if there is a lot of CO gas in the air. Who are most at risk from carbon monoxide poisoning? Certain people in your household may be affected more quickly than other. Those at particular risk include Babies and young children Pregnant women People with heart or breathing problems Pets may be the first to show signs because they are vulnerable to the effects of CO gas. How can I protect myself from carbon monoxide poisoning?Buy yourself a carbon monoxide detector should be a priority and you can pick theses up for the same price as a smoke alarm. Having a boiler service on a regular basis will also help...

Appliance Repairs – Who offers the best service

When one of your appliances breaks down in your home you want it repaired quickly and cheaply. The Internet is flooded with repair companies trying to compete for your business but which one offers the best service? Take a Dyson vacuum cleaner for example, we looked at 2 national repair companies and looked at their prices and services. Repaircare They offer a fixed price repair for £99, this includes: Call Out and Evaluation All Required Parts and Labour Professional Safety Check All Work Guaranteed VAT No Hidden Cost They will send you out a 3rd party engineer to repair your Dyson to get it back up and working again. 0800 Repair They offer a maximum labour charge of £60 but you’d have to pay extra for any parts that are required to be fitted. But wait, there’s another option. Did you know that Dyson provide their own repair service? Not only would they send out an official Dyson engineer but they’ll also charge a lot less than most companies out there. Their fixed price repair is only £73 and they will also provide you with a 12 months guarantee on labour and parts. So before you book use a 3rd party company to repair your appliance, contact the manufacturer first because they might work out...

Boiler Repair Nightmare for mum and children

A single mum and her 4 children were without heating for 6 days due to a faulty boiler. They had to resort to visiting friends to wash and keep warm. After numerous complaints her boiler was fixed after 6 days. Miss Blake, a Six Town Housing tenant, has four children, Kirk, aged nine, Stevie, aged six, Jorja, aged three, and one-year-old Keith. Miss Blake, a Six Town Housing tenant, has four children, Kirk, aged nine, Stevie, aged six, Jorja, aged three, and one-year-old Keith. She said: “The boiler had been leaking acidic water from the internal overflow pipe. People came out to look at repairing it but they ordered all the wrong parts and then glued the leak with solvent cement and even taped the leak. But nothing worked due to the acidic water being so corrosive. “This left me and my four children without heating and hot water for a total of six days. They offered electric heaters which use a lot of power and I said no. As a single mum, I simply can’t afford to be putting more electric on my meter. “I had to keep myself and my children warm and clean by going round to friends and family.” This week, however, repairs were successfully carried out and the boiler is now...

Landlord fined £17,000 over boiler safety

A Sheffield landlord has been fined £17,000 after endangering the lives of a family in one of her rented properties. Sima Yaqub, of Crescent Road, Sheffield, pleaded guilty at Sheffield Magistrates Court to five offences under the Gas Safety Regulations 1998. When the family moved into the property in City Road last July, Yaqub did not have a Landlord’s Gas Safety Record for the boiler. She was also ordered to pay costs of £6,916. The original boiler, in the home, had broken down a number of times, Yaqub replaced it with a used one installed by unregistered fitter, the magistrates heard. The replacement was deemed as “immediately dangerous” when seen by a qualified engineer. The Health and Safety Executive said landlords had “clear duties” to ensure the safety of their tenants. HSE Inspector Denise Fotheringham said Yaqub had “shown a wilful and consistent disregard for the welfare and safety of the tenant and her...

Brits spend 72m a year waiting for plumbers

For millions of us waiting for the plumber is the day that never comes. A New report reveals that Britons spend 72 million hours a year waiting in for plumbers, central heating engineers, electricians and other tradesmen Although the average wait at home for a tradesman is a reasonable 2.8 hours, one in seven people have had to wait in for more than five hours until the tradesman cometh – and one in 20 over a day. Add in the delay from reporting a problem to the help arriving, and nearly one in 10 Britons say they have been left without heating, power or water for more than 24 hours at least once over the last three years. It seems the cause is a mixture of difficulty in finding a tradesman, large windows for arrival times – plus frequent late arrivals and, in some cases, no shows. The research reveals how difficult it can be even to reach tradesmen out of working hours, with one in five Britons struggling to find help when needed. One in 10 has found it hard to get someone to come out in the evening, and one in six at the weekend. And with the Easter weekend just passed us by, it may be worth bearing in mind that one in 10 have also struggled to get hold of a tradesman during a bank holiday. Even when we find a tradesman, the average window for arrival is a massive 6.5 hours – almost an entire working day. But one in 10 report that their tradesman could only specify a 24-hour period – with one...

The ‘UK’s largest’ Green Deal scheme launches in Leeds

11 councils that make up the Leeds City Region have launched the UK’s largest Green Deal scheme, predicting that more than 12,000 homes in Yorkshire should undertake energy efficiency improvements over the next few years. The £100m initiative is designed reduce the energy bill and cut carbon emission of domestic and non-domestic properties, while maximising economies of scale for the programme through collective purchasing. The City Region expects to appoint a single delivery partner to manage the programme, this is following a procurement process that will kick off next month. It is predicted that the scheme would create 600 jobs over three years, while supporting a further 24,000 direct and supply chain jobs through to the mid-2030s. “We are taking a dynamic approach to tackling fuel poverty, reducing health inequalities and creating jobs,” said Councillor Mehboob Khan, Leeds City Region lead on the Green Deal. “This is an effective way for businesses and residents to pay for energy efficient improvements such as insulation and new heating systems.” The 11 local authorities who are part of the programme include Wakefield, Barnsley, Bradford, and York and together boast a population of more than three million people. Leeds City Region is one of the first areas to agree a so-called ‘City Deal’ with the government to pilot its flagship energy efficiency financing scheme, which offers property owners loans to cover the up-front costs of installing measures such as loft insulation or energy-efficient windows. The government originally faced criticism when revealed that the interest rate for standard Green Deal loans could be as high as 7.96 per cent! But, collective purchasing through City Schemes...