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  • Landlord fined after failing to ensure gas heater was safe

    A landlord from Blackburn has been fined £1500 including costs after failing to ensure that a gas heater he provided to a rented showroom was safe to use.

    Two employees at the showroom were taken to hospital and were found to have elevated levels of Carbon Monoxide in their blood, one of which was three times over the normal levels. When an inpector from the National Grid was called to the property, it was found that the gas heater was the cause of the leak.

    A spokesperson from the Health and Safety Executive said: 

    "Landlords need to make sure that equipment they provide for their tenants is adequately maintained and safe to use... Landlords of commercial properties should make sure that contracts clearly state who is responsible for maintaining gas boilers and appliances so that everyone is aware of their responsibilities."

    From: www.hse.gov.uk

  • Locals Leave Lagers as Pub Catches Fire

    Locals from the Coach and Horse pub in Kew, had to abandon their pints after smoke started to billow out from the chimney.

    Over 100 people were evacuated from the pub on Friday 5th April after smoke from a chimney fire, caused by a blockage in the stack, set off the smoke alarms. Two fire engines attended the scene whilst witnesses claim the fire was so large that flames could be seen coming out from the top of the brick stack.  

    This latest chimney fire acts as a reminder for both home and business owners to ensure their chimneys are swept for blockages annually, kept fully maintained and working smoke detectors are installed in the property.


  • Suspected Carbon Monoxide Tragedy in Cumbria

    A mother and her ten-year old daughter have died over the Bank Holiday after suspected Carbon Monoxide poisoning on a boat in Lake Windermere, Cumbria.

    The family were reportedly on the privately-owned boat for the holidays which may have been fitted with a faulty generator when the incident happened. A man, who was also on board the boat, is still being treated in hospital. Inquiries are continuing into the exact cause of this tragedy and our thoughts are with the family of those involved.

    Carbon Monoxide is known as the "silent killer" and is responsible for over 50 deaths a year in the UK alone, with over 200 people left dangerously ill. Symptoms include headaches, vomiting, dizziness and shortness of breath. Undetectable by sight, smell or taste, the only way to detect the presence of CO is with a detector. These can be bought for very little money and are fully transportable so can be taken on holidays, as well as functioning in the home. 

    Another case of Carbon Monoxide poisoning was reported last week in Wales* when a detector went off informing a family, including a six-month-old baby, that an outbreak had occurred. They were all treated in hospital for mild CO poisoning and are since recovering well. The crew manager for the fire brigade confirmed that the leak had come from a boiler less than three years old and wanted to remind homeowners not to be complacent with new appliances as they can still pose a safety threat.

    Remember, it is recommended to get your appliances checked at least once a year by a fully registered Gas Safety engineer. To find a registered engineer in your area, go to https://www.gassaferegister.co.uk/

    *Read more: https://www.thisissouthwales.co.uk/Family-poisoned-carbon-monoxide-Betws/story-18541376-detail/story.html#ixzz2PJEiHvkL
  • Eight chimney fires in 48 hours

    Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue have urged homeowners to regularly sweep their chimneys after 8 chimney fires in only 48 hours broke out in the county.

    With the cold weather set to continue, and more and more people looking to woodburning stoves and open fires to keep their homes warm, the importance of maintaining a chimney is paramount.

    Debbie Robinson, Deputy community safety manager for Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue said, "Chimney fires most commonly result from four basic causes – having the wrong sized wood burner installed, infrequent sweeping and cleaning, burning of unseasoned wood, or overnight burning or smouldering of wood for long periods in wood burners."

    With this in mind, ensure that your appliances are installed by a competant and registered installer, checked regularly by a chimney sweep and check that your smoke detectors are working every week.

    Read more: https://www.thisislincolnshire.co.uk/Householders-urged-chimneys-swept-fires-48-hours/story-18523240-detail/story.html#ixzz2PIqHJ5Hv
  • Mystery of the Conclave smoke revealed

    With the inauguration of the new Catholic leader, Pope Francis I, last week, the Vatican has revealed how the coloured smoke used during the conclave to indicate the results of the vote is created.

    The Sistine Chapel was closed the week before conclave to prepare for the event, including the installation of a copper flue and two stoves. The ballots are burned in the older of the two stoves and the smoke from the ballots mixes with the coloured smoke from the other stove as it travels up the flue to the roof where it is visible from St Peter’s Square. It is at this point where the Vatican’s decision is made public; black smoke signals an inconclusive vote whereas white smoke reveals a new Pope has been chosen. A chimney fan and a resistance wire are also used to ensure that the flue draws properly and that no smoke enters the chapel.

    The Vatican has revealed that the white smoke is created by combining potassium chlorate, pine rosin and milk sugar. The black smoke, used only twice during this conclave, is made from potassium perchlorate and anthracene (a component of coal tar) and sulphur as the fuel. Traditionally, damp straw was added to the ballots to make the smoke appear sooty but during the 1958  conclave, a failure to ignite the straw caused confusion amongst the anticipating crowd so a better way of creating the black smoke was found.


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