Plumb Center launches 'Ton-up challenge' to support Gas Safety Week

Published:  27 August, 2014

Plumb Center is supporting Gas Safety Week by challenging its 520 branches to get at least 100 customers to sign an e-petition, which aims to stop needless carbon monoxide (CO) deaths.

The 'Ton-up challenge' also supports Plumb Center’s Make it Law campaign, which calls for CO alarms to be mandatory when any carbon-burning appliance is installed in England and Wales – it’s already law in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

A government e-petition has been set up and 100,000 names are needed to force a debate in the House of Commons.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reports 4,000 people are hospitalised every year in England and Wales because of CO poisoning, and 40 people die annually.

There is no substitute for regular servicing and maintenance, but an alarm offers a vital second line of defence to keep families safe.

Plumb Center is encouraging readers to visit and sign the petition, and then urge at least 10 friends, colleagues or customers to do the same.

Plumb Center’s Julie McLean said: "We take safety very seriously and we’re delighted to support Gas Safety Week, which will help save lives.

“We’ve received tremendous support from the industry and in Parliament for our Make it Law Campaign but we need to convert that support into names on the petition. Our Ton-up Challenge is something positive we can do.

Ms McLean added: "The safety message can’t be overstated. Installers are in a unique position to talk to people nationwide– after all it’s all about keeping the nation safe."

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