Plumb and Parts Center campaigns to cut CO deaths across UK

Published:  26 February, 2014

Plumb and Parts Center is calling on the government to extend tough laws on audible carbon monoxide (CO) detectors to the whole of the UK, ahead of its annual Wise up to CO campaign.

Scotland and Northern Ireland have legislation in place to tackle CO poisoning, and Plumb and Parts Center believes this should cover the whole of the UK.

“The number of people we lose every year because of CO poisoning is unacceptable,” said marketing manager Gail van Dijk, “especially because it’s so avoidable.

“In Northern Ireland and Scotland, CO alarms are a legal requirement when new or replacement boilers, solid fuel or gas appliances are installed – and we’d like to see tougher regulations in England and Wales.

“Our award-winning Wise up to CO campaign is designed to drive home the message to installers, and through them the public, that relatively cheap and easy-to-install CO detectors will save lives. From April to July, our network of more than 500 branches will display external banners, safety cards, dispatch stickers, boiler stickers and information leaflets, and put on special events.

“We hope that as an industry we can come together, and make tragic CO deaths a thing of the past.”

The campaign has received the backing of the Gas Safe Register and leading manufacturers.

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