Aico raises Carbon Monoxide Alarms are vital in protecting most vulnerable
Gas Safety Trust published a trend report highlighting Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning incidents linked to piped natural gas usage in Great Britain between 1996 and 2010.
Aico re-emphasis the need for quality mains powered CO alarms as the safest way to protect the most vulnerable.
Whilst the latest Gas Safety Trust report showed a reduction in both fatalities and non-fatal injuries from CO poisoning during that time, the report identifies people aged 70 and over as being five times more at risk of CO exposure and those living in privately rented accommodation 50% more at risk than people in social housing. In addition, the report states that the proportion of boilers over 21 years old involved in a CO incident has increased over the last ten years and is now close to half of the total number of incidents reported.
“Aging boilers are a real problem, especially if they are not regularly maintained” comments Michael Wright, Product Manager at Aico. “Sadly the two groups most at risk as highlighted in this report – the elderly and those in living in privately rented accommodation – are also most likely to be using these older boilers. Annual servicing by a Gas Safe Registered installer is important, but problems can occur between services – the older the boiler, the more likely this is to be the case. The only way to fully protect residents against CO poisoning is to use a CO alarm. And for the more vulnerable members of society, that alarm really should be mains powered with battery back-up.”
Mains powered CO alarms afford the best protection as they do not rely on batteries which need to be regularly changed and have a tendency to be removed by the tenant for use in other devices. Aico’s main powered CO alarms have the added benefit of rechargeable Lithium Cell back-up to power the alarm in the event of mains failure.
All Aico CO alarms have been designed using the latest generation electrochemical type CO sensor. Pre-calibrated and tested in CO gas to ensure accuracy, it offers both a high level of selectivity and exceptional resistance to false alarms. The sensor itself can be easily replaced, doubling the life of the alarm.
The alarm units feature both high and low level LED indicators, with a special pre alarm LED indication for early detection of low level CO. When the levels detected reach dangerous levels, a red warning LED combines with an integral built in sounder outputting 85dB(A) at 3 metres to provide warning. Other indicators confirm mains power supply and fault indication.
Other features of note include a built-in Test/Hush button, Easi-fit design, Quick CO Gas Test facility and a Memory Feature which enables the user to tell if CO has been detected during a period of absence.
Category : BLOG Posted on December 3, 2011