Smell gas? Gas Leak?
Carbon Monoxide is a deadly gas that you can’t see, smell or taste.
Carbon monoxide is released when faulty appliances start leaking, Low exposure over a period of time can cause long-term damage, and high levels of exposure can be fatal. Every year around 30 people die from carbon monoxide poisoning with many more falling sick.
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Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide exposure
They are very similar to the flu; headaches, nausea, dizziness and general feeling tired. Look out for these symptoms that then get better when you leave the area.
Things to look out for:
If you do think that you or someone you know might be exposed to carbon monoxide poisoning, please get in touch with your doctor as soon as you can.
How to stop it happening
Here are our safety tips:
How to spot if an appliance is leaking carbon monoxide
If you live in rented accommodation, it’s your landlord responsibility to make sure that all appliances are safe.
If you think there might be a leak call:
Emergencies only: 0800 111 999
Advice line: 0800 300 363
Information line: 0800 408 5500
By having a gas safety check regularly, you’ll be able to reduce the risk of Carbon Monoxide. All gas appliances and related gas fittings should be checked and serviced every 12 months.
You may be eligible for a gas safety check free of charge, as an Economy Energy customer. To qualify, you’ll need to own your home, be on a means-tested benefit, have not had a gas safety check in the last 12 months, and either:
Gas safety checks will be carried out by a qualified Gas Safe Register engineer, and include checks on the safety of gas appliances and other gas fittings linked to the gas meter.
For a gas appliance, this will include an examination of:
If you’re signed up to our Priority Services Register or PSR and are classified as a ’vulnerable customer‘ (are of state pensionable age, have a disability, are visually impaired, have hearing difficulties or are chronically ill), you could be eligible for a free gas safety check.
For any questions or concerns about the safety of your gas supply or any appliances, please contact our Priority Services Team on 0333 103 9053.
Think you can smell gas?
Watch this quick video which gives some really handy advice if you think you can smell gas.