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CO-Gas Safety is an independent registered charity which works to try to reduce accidents from Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning and other gas dangers. We lobby for changes, which will help to achieve this. We also help and advise victims whenever we can.
This charity runs almost entirely on volunteers and relies on donations. Please donate to save lives and preserve health.
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Home Page updated generally 04.09.14 but further items may be added to this page.

Huge thanks to Peter Dean, President of the Coroners Society who so kindly invited me to the conference (September 2014) and allowed me a table and to give out our press packs and a hand-out especially for Coroners and a quiz on CO. I was also allowed to address the conference for about five minutes. Thanks to all the Coroners who made me feel very welcome.

 

Amusing but true quote

It's the same each time with progress. First they ignore you, then they say you're mad, then dangerous, then there's a pause and then you can't find anyone who disagrees with you.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/t/tonybenn149401.html#pom5Y884yCeCoSwJ.99

WARNING TO HOLIDAY MAKERS PARTICULARLY IN CARAVANS

DailyStar Sadistic robbers knock out caravan tourists with exhaust fumes and steal £2,000

See http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/393449/French-thieves-poison-tourists-with-carbon-monoxide

People are poisoning tourists in caravans in order to rob those tourists.

PLEASE TAKE A PORTABLE CO ALARM TO EN 50291 with you on holiday.

See LATEST PRESS RELEASE SEE NEWS 15.07.14

EMERGENCY

Call the

1. Gas - Gas Emergency Service (24 hours) 0800 111 999; This is a free service.

But be aware that the gas emergency service does not carry or use equipment to test gas appliances for carbon monoxide (CO). The other fuel emergency services may do this but it is best to ask. It is always helpful to find out which appliance was emitting CO and ideally how many parts per million. CO can come from next door etc.

Please Note It is worth considering any suggestion to get in a Gas Safe Registered engineer who may make your appliance safe but thereby may change the evidence thereby making any legal case not worth pursuing. The alternative is to isolate the applianceand turn it off and seek our help, or someone qualified under CMDDA1 from the Gas Safe Register or our help to obtain an independent gas expert witness but this will cost you from £1,000.

2. Solid fuels (HETAS) 0845 634 5626;This may be free see www.hetas.co.uk

Please Note It is worth considering any suggestion to get in a Hetas engineer (even perhaps the same one who installed your appliance in the first place) who may make your appliance safe but thereby may change the evidence, thereby making any legal case not worth pursuing. The alternative is to just isolate the appliance, turn it off and seek our help to find an expert.

3. Oil (OFTEC) 0845 658 5080; This may be free but this is unlikely see www.oftec.org

Please Note It is worth considering any suggestion to get in an Oftec engineer (even perhaps the same one who installed your appliance in the first place) who may make your appliance safe but may change the evidence, thereby making any legal case not worth pursuing.It is worth consulting us to find an expert.The alternative is to just isolate the appliance, turn it off and seek our help to find an expert.

 

Please Donate or Volunteer to help us

1. Really easy through Virgin Money Giving.

Please go to

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/giving/?gclid=CKmsyInGt7sCFRSWtAodci4Aeg

or just put Virgin Money Giving into Google and then scroll to the right under 'Make a Donation' and under that 'Donate to a charity' and put the charity name, CO-Gas Safety in the box to get to our page.

Thank you very much indeed.

Please note that we receive no government funding whatsoever now (last amount of about £2,000 was April 2013).

Any sums, however small would be very welcome.

The only industry funding we receive is from the gas emergency service providers who support our schools poster competition and also from Kane International. We have no secure funding for the collection, collation or publication of our data, surely very basic work that needs to be done to understand where the problems are. Nor do we have any secure funding to support victims and their families.

2. Bank

'CO-Gas Safety is an independent registered charity run almost entirely by volunteers.
Company Number 3084435 | Charity Number 104370

In the past we have been lucky enough to have received grants from the Department of Health but due to the cut backs, now have no government funding at all. Department of Health funding will only be granted to new projects and we consider thatraising awareness of the dangers of CO and also data collection, collation and publication are far too important to stop doing. Some data is collected by industry but we consider the contribution made by a victim group is vital.

We need funding to continue collecting data on deaths and injuries, which you can see in our press pack see http://www.co-gassafety.co.uk/downloads/2014/Press%20Pack%20Final%202014.pdf

which includes 18 years of our data (from 1995 - 2013).


Our data is almost certainly the best data on CO deaths and injuries in the UK and has been used by Government see http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/planningandbuilding/pdf/1324663. We are shocked that our data is better than Government's (HSE basically only collects gas related CO deaths and doesn't check with Coroners) and other bodies (such as the well funded Gas Safe Charity and Gas Safety Trust). We try to check most deaths with Coroners and we have built up a good relationship with them as we have been doing this since 1995. We also check with other bodies, such as the Solid Fuel Association, which has always been extremely helpful to us.

We also need funding to continue to answer the telephone and give advice to survivors and families of the bereaved.

Please feel free to send us a donation.

Our bank details are:-

Bank: Barclays
Sort Code: 20-90-56
Account number: 70849286
Account name: CO-Gas Safety Society

Or if you prefer, you could send us a cheque made out to "CO-Gas Safety"
Priory Cottage South
Priory Road,
Seagrove Bay
Seaview
Isle of White
PO34 5BU

Thank you very much indeed.
Stephanie Trotter, OBE, President & Director of CO-Gas Safety.

3. PLEASE VOLUNTEER TO HELP US

We always welcome contact from anyone who can help us in any way. We particularly welcome registered gas installers, but any help is very welcome. Tel. Stephanie Trotter on 07803 088688 or email us on

office@co-gassafety.co.uk

 

CONTACT US

Please email us office@co-gassafety.co.uk

BUT if URGENT please phone 07803 088688 until further notice.

Have you been poisoned by carbon monoxide (CO)? Or do you suspect you may have been poisoned?
We can give you free, confidential help and advice. The earlier you contact us, the better for you. If you might want proof of carbon monoxide, (if only for your family or GP), it is vital to preserve the evidence and appliances should not be touched, except to turn them off and perhaps disconnect .


You may want proof for a legal case. Please remember that if in doubt, it's better to preserve the evidence and decide what to do later. If you have been poisoned, you will not be at your best to work out  what you want to do, until you recover.


Please email office@co-gassafety.co.uk ideally with your telephone number and we will try to get back to

you as soon as possible. We have lists of solicitors and can also advise you on someone to investigate the incident before the evidence has been changed.

It is extraordinarily difficult to obtain a test of appliances for CO. An investigation from an independent court expert (CORGI Services has such people) costs around £3,000. Recently an independent court expert witness has agreed to undertake an initial test for £1,000. However, there is now a qualification called CMDDA1 which enables the engineer to test for CO and provide you with parts per million. In our opinion, this would not be good enough for a court case but it might be accepted by a patient's medical advisers and might also be a first step before deciding to employ an independent court expert. Such a person, qualified under CMDDA1, should not change the appliance other than to turn it on and test it and measure for parts per million of CO. If you needed such a person you could try contacting the Gas Safe Register.

However, we are not positive that their category 'fumes investigation' necessarily means that a firm has a person qualified under CMDDA1. We therefore suggest you contact the firm and ask them if they have someone qualified under CMDDA1. If they say that they don't have someone qualified under CMDDA1 we ask you to ask them to email that to you andand perhaps the reason this is so and let us have a copy of all the details (email office@co-gassafety.co.uk) including the name of the firm and the Gas Safe Registered number. We would be very grateful to you if you could do this.

If the frim does have someone qualified under CMDDA1, you need to make sure they send that particular person. When that person arrives to inspect and test the appliance please make sure they are qualified under CMDDA1 (they should be able to produce a card with their qualifications on this). Please also make sure they do not change the appliance other than to turn it on and test for CO. Ask if CO has been found and if so, ask for the number of parts per million of any CO found, to be written down and given to you and ask this person to sign and date this note, pirnt their name clearly and add the name and the Gas Safe Registered number of the firm.

Ideally try to obtain an assurance in writing by email before the person attends:-

1. That a named person who is qualifed under CMDDA1 will attend. We suggest you check this with the Gas Safe Register.

2. That the person who attends will not change the appliance before testing and

3. That the qualified CMDDA1 person will provide parts per million of CO in writing if found.


 

Brancaster Primary School
'Carbon Monoxide Awareness Event'
More picures from this event can be found here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DANGER FROM STORAGE OF WOOD PELLETS

See http://www.hse.gov.uk/safetybulletins/co-wood-pellets.htm

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NEWS UPDATE: Girl Dies Of Suspected Carbon Monoxide Poisoning At Campsite

A teenage girl who died from suspected carbon monoxide poisoning at a campsite in Shropshire has been named locally as Hannah Thomas-Jones.

All four members of the family were found unconscious... Read more>>

Watch the Sky News report:

Read the same story covered by ITV News:
http://www.itv.com/news/central/story/2012-05-06/girl-dies-at-campsite


Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a toxic gas, which can be emitted from any faulty heating or cooking appliance, petrol generator, or vehicle engine. CO can be emitted from any appliance burning carbon based fuel e.g. Gas (mains or bottled), solid fuel (coal, wood, etc) petrol, oil or paraffin etc.

CO cannot be sensed using human senses. Special equipment, such as a flue gas analyser, is needed to test appliances and/or the air in a room for CO. CO can poison in tiny amounts because it is taken up in preference to oxygen by the haemoglobin (the oxygen carrying part) in the blood.

Less than 2% of CO in the air can kill in two minutes (HSE website http://www.hse.gov.uk/foi/internalops/hid_circs/technical_osd/spc_tech_osd_30/spctecosd30.pdf at Para 74 Table 23 If you find it difficult to accesss this please email us on office@co-gassafety.co.uk asking for a copy of this document.).

For Symptoms of CO see 'About CO' on the left hand side of this home page.

Low level exposure of CO over a long period can cause brain and neurological damage.

People should also be aware that there are other toxins in fuels (mercury, manganese, nickel , benzene etc.). See under 'Other Toxins' (see on left hand side of this home page) and under 'Prevention' (also see on left of this home page) under 'Blood tests'. This are in tiny amounts but we suspect they may build up in the body over time.

Please note that urine tests are now available for these toxins which unlike CO, stay in the body for days, weeks, months and we suspect even years. NHS doesn't usually offer them but these can be undertaken privately at around £100 to £200.

References to documents on the Internet (for example from the Environmental Protection Agency of the USA) are on this website. Further more up to date information can be obtained from us direct. However, you are warned that no case seems yet to have been brought (or at least succeeded) with regard to fuel containing these other toxins. Also, proof of these other toxins in your body does not prove where or how you were exposed to them.


Please Donate or Volunteer to help us

Donate

'CO-Gas Safety is an independent registered charity run almost entirely by volunteers.
Company Number 3084435 | Charity Number 104370

We have been lucky enough to have received grants from the Department of Health but due to the cut backs, now only have very bare costs for our schools poster competition to raise awareness of the dangers of CO.

We need funding to continue collecting data on deaths and injuries, which you can see in our press pack see http://www.co-gassafety.co.uk/press_pack_2011.html which includes 15 years of our data (from 1995 - 2010).


Our data is the best data on CO deaths and injuries in the UK and has been used by Government see http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/planningandbuilding/pdf/1324663. We are shocked that our data is better than Government's (HSE basically only collects gas related CO deaths and doesn't check with Coroners) and other bodies (such as the well funded Gas Safe Charity and Gas Safety Trust). We try to check most deaths with Coroners and we have built up a good relationship with them over the 15 years we have been doing this. We also check with other bodies, such as the Solid Fuel Association, which has always been extremely helpful to us.

We also need funding to continue to answer the telephone and give advice to survivors and families of the bereaved.

Please feel free to send us a donation.

Our bank details are:-

Bank:
Barclays
Sort Code:
20-90-56
Account number:
70849286
Account name:
CO-Gas Safety Society

Or if you prefer, you could send us a cheque made out to "CO-Gas Safety"
Priory Cottage South
Priory Road,
Seagrove Bay
Seaview
Isle of White
PO34 5BU

Thank you very much indeed.
Stephanie Trotter, OBE, President & Director of CO-Gas Safety.


Multi-fuel fires/boilers - Have you had problems?

CO-Gas Safety has been receiving complaints about multi-fuel fires. We are not sure what the problem is and thought that you might help us by filling in this form.
Thank you very much indeed. If we receive many responses we will try to collate them and bring out a report.

IMPORTANT SAFETY WARNING ON BELLING & NEW WORLD COOKERS
If not used correctly, affected cookers can produce dangerous levels of Carbon Monoxide which can cause serious injury or death.
DO YOU HAVE AN AFFECTED COOKER? CLICK HERE TO VIEW AFFECTED COOKERS.

IMPORTANT SAFETY WARNING ON LEISURE & FLAVEL GAS COOKERS
Serious risk of carbon monoxide poisoning which can be fatal.
CHECK HERE TO SEE IF YOU OWN ONE OF THE AFFECTED COOKERS.

IMPORTANT SAFETY WARNING ON CAMPING GAS LAMPS

CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE SAD DEATH OF PAUL GRIFFITHS AGED 43 WHO DIED FROM CO FROM ONE OF THESE LAMPS IN 2009.

 

ladyYou cannot see it, smell it or taste it but Carbon Monoxide (CO) can kill you. The elderly and young are at higher risk than healthy adults. They also spend more time at home..

>>Our film on how families' lives have been devastated by CO poisoning.
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>>How to prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning.

death listCO-Gas Safety publishes on this site an alphabetical list of recorded deaths from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning since 1st September 1995.

>>The list of deaths

westminsterWe are an independent registered charity with cross party support at the House of Commons and European parliament. we were founded by Molly Maher and Nigel Griffiths, MP. 

>>More about the charity

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