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. 


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 thoughts on “The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide in the Family Home

  1. 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.

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

  3. 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

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

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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 :).

  8. 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.

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