Monthly Archives: June 2013

  • New Building Regulations for Scotland

    From October 1st, 2013, it will be a part of the Scottish Building Regulations to install at least one carbon monoxide alarm in every space where a gas appliance has been fitted, except for appliances specifically for cooking. An alarm must also be fitted in areas deemed "high risk" where a flue passes through, such as in a bedroom or lounge area.

    The Department of Health estimates that over 4000 avoidable cases of Carbon Monoxide poisoning are treated each year in our hospitals. A tasteless, odourless and colourless gas, the symptoms of Carbon Monoxide poisoning are similar to that of food poisoning or flu so this figure may in fact be a lot higher. Poisioning from this gas is responsible for more than 50 deaths a year in the UK alone.

    Installers and gas appliance fitters are being encouraged to spread the word about the dangers of CO Poisoning and the importance of keeping all appliances and alarms fully maintained.

  • To Cap or Not to Cap?

    Many people, particularly those who live in Victorian properties, will have numerous chimney stacks with multiple flues. Most of these will have, over time, been blocked off and are no longer in use. But what should be done with them?

    The best thing to do with an unused chimney, is to cap it off at the top of the stack. This will stop any rain ingress, animals or debris from getting into the stack and potentially causing a problem. However, their still needs to be a flow of air through the chimney to prevent damp from occurring both in the stack itself and any rooms that come off of it.

    The best way to do this is to purchase a chimney capper with ventilation which will cap off the stack from the pot itself. If there isn't a chimney pot and the top of the chimney has been cemented over, you can insert an airbrick into the side of the stack near the top which will also provide ventilation for the chimney.

    Please call Flue Supplies 0844 800 6586 for more information on our Chimney Cappers.

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