Welcome to The Carbon Monoxide and Gas Safety Society website

Our new website has just been launched! If you have any questions, Stephanie Trotter can be contacted on office@co-gassafety.co.uk or on 07802 088688.

 

Pen-Y-Fan Walk

PenYFan Walk

Thank you to all the friends and family of a girl who died of carbon monoxide poisoning and in whose memory we walked Pen-Y-Fan on Saturday 4th October 2014. Following Gas Safety Week last month, Stephanie Trotter, OBE, President and Director of CO-Gas Safety participated in a charity mountain climb. Read more...

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.

Want to buy a CO alarm now?

Visit www.safefiredirect.co.uk or Tel. 0800 955 3600.
Quote COGAS2012 for a discount and provide us with a £1 donation.

safe-fire-direct

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 appliance and 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 click here 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 here 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.

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 LAMP

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.

Are you affected?

You cannot see it, smell it or taste it but Carbon Monoxide (CO) can kill you.

You 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.
View our film on how families' lives have been devastated by CO poisoning.

Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarms

As an extra safeguard, you can buy Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarms in any good home/DIY store. Please ensure it is to EN50291. This standard of alarm should not cost more than £20. How to prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning.

CO-Gas Safety publishes on this site an alphabetical list of recorded deaths

CO-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

House of Common

We 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