The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide in the Family Home

I’ve heard on the news a few times in the last few years a couple of very sad stories of children dying as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning. However, it is a much bigger danger than I first thought. Every year in the UK, more than 200 people go to hospital with suspected carbon monoxide poisoning, and around 40 people die.

Small children and the elderly are most at risk, and every home should have a carbon monoxide detector, so that they can keep their family safe.

In the last three years, an estimated one in six homes inspected by the Gas Safe Register was found to have an unsafe gas appliance and one in eleven has an unsafe boiler.

CORGI HomePlan have created a microsite to help families look at their appliances in their home and to help them stay safe from the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning. 

CORGI-Homeplan

Packed with easy to follow advice and warning signs to look out for, this site is an easy reference resource for homeowners unsure about how to protect themselves and their families and what to do when things go wrong at home.

CORGI HomePlan have also offered one of my readers the chance to win a carbon monoxide monitor worth £30 to help keep your home safe.

The giveaway is open to UK entries. Standard terms and conditions apply.

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85 Comments

  1. iain maciver
    May 6, 2015 / 12:16 pm

    yes indeed

  2. May 6, 2015 / 12:17 pm

    No, I am ashamed to say I don’t yet have a CM monitor! But I will get one!

  3. marc tams
    May 6, 2015 / 12:44 pm

    Excellent prize.

  4. laura banks
    May 6, 2015 / 1:03 pm

    too be honest i’m not sure

  5. May 6, 2015 / 8:55 pm

    At home yes but I worry when I go on holiday.

  6. Paula Readings
    May 7, 2015 / 5:12 pm

    yes, I am pleased.

  7. Kevin Honey
    May 8, 2015 / 9:45 am

    We get all the gas appliances checked annually, but…

  8. Sue McCarthy
    May 8, 2015 / 12:21 pm

    I have a detector but would love to win this to donate to charity, to go to Romania.

  9. Michelle Banks
    May 8, 2015 / 4:57 pm

    i always worry about things like that x

  10. KATHY D
    May 8, 2015 / 6:58 pm

    No.. I must get this sorted

  11. Michelle Ferguson
    May 8, 2015 / 7:54 pm

    Our boiler is really old so I do worry

  12. kayleigh Bates
    May 8, 2015 / 10:09 pm

    our boilers less than a year old and no gas fire so I think were pretty safe

  13. debbie jackson
    May 9, 2015 / 6:06 am

    yes, our boiler is now 10 years old and it’s in the airing cupboard next to my son’s bedroom so I do worry quite a bit about it leaking carbon monoxide.

  14. Elizabeth Briggs
    May 9, 2015 / 9:47 am

    Yes as have a new boiler but would still love that extra protection x

  15. laura stewart
    May 9, 2015 / 11:24 am

    yes i am xx

  16. aaron broad
    May 9, 2015 / 3:42 pm

    Sort of happy, I guess I wouldn’t know if it wasn’t

  17. ELAINE DALE
    May 9, 2015 / 4:43 pm

    yes. we are

  18. Andrew
    May 10, 2015 / 6:55 am

    I need to win this.I would be far happier if this was installed.

  19. natalie moore
    May 10, 2015 / 1:14 pm

    yes but will be moving soon and will need one for new house it is a big worry for me and my

  20. Doreen Mccarthy
    May 10, 2015 / 1:41 pm

    As happy as could be as regular gas checks etc are carried out, although would be far happier with one of these

  21. lynn Heath
    May 10, 2015 / 4:13 pm

    I dont have any type of detecor

  22. Julie Ward
    May 10, 2015 / 5:49 pm

    I need to get one of these, would feel a lot safer

  23. claire little
    May 10, 2015 / 11:00 pm

    I would like it to be

  24. Spencer Broadley
    May 11, 2015 / 11:04 am

    I subscribe

  25. BECCA STAPLES
    May 11, 2015 / 1:35 pm

    We really need to get something in place

  26. Soo Moon
    May 11, 2015 / 10:04 pm

    I do worry about things like this & at the moment don’t have a detector but as I have had a slight doze of carbon monoxide before i can’t stress how important everyone should have one

  27. Christine Caple
    May 12, 2015 / 4:43 pm

    Yes, I think it’s important.

  28. Rachel Craig
    May 12, 2015 / 10:49 pm

    Have yearly Gas check as per suppliers recommendation / advice etc.

  29. Rachel Craig
    May 12, 2015 / 10:50 pm

    I subscribed by e-mail.

  30. JULIE CAMM
    May 13, 2015 / 11:15 am

    Not happy, as my detector stopped working, and I know I should put it top of my list to get another one…..

  31. Stewart Biddle
    May 14, 2015 / 12:30 pm

    I dont have one and always worry

  32. tracy sinclair
    May 14, 2015 / 6:05 pm

    No, I don’t have one of these yet, i know i should though x

  33. May 14, 2015 / 11:05 pm

    I have an old one not sure if it still working tho

  34. Mark Witherington
    May 16, 2015 / 7:10 am

    yes

  35. Amelia Kennedy
    May 16, 2015 / 8:52 am

    Yes!

  36. ashleigh allan
    May 16, 2015 / 8:55 am

    I think so yes

  37. Helen Iddenden-Smith
    May 16, 2015 / 12:03 pm

    I have, but my adult children don’t.

  38. Lauren Old
    May 16, 2015 / 2:00 pm

    Yes I am

  39. Andrew Hindley
    May 16, 2015 / 6:15 pm

    No I am not as I don’t at present have a Carbon Monoxide detector

  40. Annie
    May 16, 2015 / 8:06 pm

    Yes, absolutely

  41. angiehoggett
    May 16, 2015 / 9:02 pm

    yes definitely

  42. Rhian Cox
    May 16, 2015 / 10:30 pm

    Yes at the moment

  43. leanne weir
    May 17, 2015 / 7:46 am

    Yes very much so

  44. Elizabeth Smith
    May 17, 2015 / 8:03 am

    we’ve an annual gas check but I really should get a detector

  45. Minnie15
    May 17, 2015 / 10:32 am

    We don’t have one, YET 🙁 x

  46. Monica Gilbert
    May 17, 2015 / 4:43 pm

    We haven’t had our boiler serviced since moving here, so I’m not certain. I’d love a monitor to help feel safer.

  47. Stevey H
    May 17, 2015 / 4:49 pm

    I have been meaning to get one but maybe I will win one instead!

  48. Tina Pink
    May 17, 2015 / 5:27 pm

    Never entirely happy!

  49. Vera Bahounkova
    May 17, 2015 / 6:21 pm

    Yes very much so

  50. Pam Francis Gregory
    May 17, 2015 / 6:46 pm

    Never really thought about it, but will look into after reading this!

  51. joanna sawka
    May 17, 2015 / 7:35 pm

    not really, I don’t have a detector

  52. Kat Allinson
    May 17, 2015 / 7:54 pm

    I’ve never thought about it, will have to investigate as have 2 children with another on the way!?!?

  53. May 17, 2015 / 8:47 pm

    I think so – we have a carbon monoxide detector – but it’s getting old

  54. YasuoRT
    May 17, 2015 / 9:44 pm

    sure hope so but winning this would help me ascertain my hopes!

  55. May 18, 2015 / 12:43 am

    I don’t really know, which is why this would be such a great help

  56. Jamie Millard
    May 18, 2015 / 1:06 am

    currently – it’s not. my boiler’s just broke AGAIN. second time in 5 months. engineer coming tomorrow so it’s switched off for now. it worries me that there may be more than just a tech fault going on in there. really need a detector. it’s buy one soon – unless I win!

  57. Angi Turley
    May 18, 2015 / 4:07 am

    Absolutely – we have a toddler and a newborn so I’m very obsessed by safety but mum in law. Just moved house and needs one of these!

  58. Kelly Summerfield
    May 18, 2015 / 9:05 am

    Yep! I went so many years without one then when I had my little ones I wouldn’t be without now, you’ve reminded me we need to replace one of ours :).

  59. Petra Hora
    May 18, 2015 / 9:20 am

    Definitely yes

  60. samantha bolter
    May 18, 2015 / 9:33 am

    i am yes 🙂

  61. Katie
    May 18, 2015 / 10:58 am

    It’s not something I’ve given much thought to. We bought the house in December 2013 as a new build from a well known developer, so I would hope there aren’t any issues, but you can never be too sure.

  62. Stephanie Whitehouse
    May 18, 2015 / 11:11 am

    I have a detector, but my daughter needs one

  63. Rebecca Powell
    May 18, 2015 / 11:32 am

    I would love one of these as we don’t have any type of detector

  64. Stephanie Whitehouse
    May 18, 2015 / 11:39 am

    Followed as Stephanie 84 on Bloglovin

  65. Purmala Shrestha
    May 18, 2015 / 12:14 pm

    yes definitely

  66. Natalie Crossan
    May 18, 2015 / 2:10 pm

    i’d love a detector xx

  67. Michael McAulay
    May 18, 2015 / 2:25 pm

    I dont have a CM monitor, your blog has brought it to my attention tho

  68. Tony Teece
    May 18, 2015 / 2:45 pm

    Apart from arranging the annual gas check, I’m ashamed to say that I do nothing else

  69. Daisy Craydon
    May 18, 2015 / 4:39 pm

    Yes it makes me worry less

  70. christine westlake
    May 18, 2015 / 6:39 pm

    yes- have just replaced the battery in our monitor.

  71. Angela
    May 18, 2015 / 6:52 pm

    Would feel much better if I had one of these

  72. Susan Carruthers
    May 18, 2015 / 6:53 pm

    No, we don’t have a detector yet

  73. Pauline Wilson
    May 18, 2015 / 7:44 pm

    Yes it’s really important as it can potentially save your family’s lives

  74. LEE HARDY
    May 18, 2015 / 8:13 pm

    Yes i am

  75. Hazel Rush
    May 18, 2015 / 9:07 pm

    No I need to get a carbon monoxide detector!

  76. Trevor Linvell
    May 18, 2015 / 9:08 pm

    Im reasonably happy, but every now and then worry about it

  77. Jill fairbank
    May 18, 2015 / 9:25 pm

    Yes I think so

  78. May 18, 2015 / 10:13 pm

    i have one detector but i would be happier with one in the bedroom too

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