Carbon Monoxide (CO) results from burning gas, coal, oil, wood, and other carbon-based fuels, and is a poisonous gas with no taste, colour, or odour. Generally, victims of CO poisoning are not aware they have it until their health begins to deteriorate and they are diagnosed with it. However, in some severe cases, CO poisoning can cause fatalities because of its colourless, tasteless, and odourless nature, and due to its symptoms often being mistaken for flu or food poisoning.
There are some cases of CO poisoning which are because of poor management of wood burning or multi-fuel stoves. Here at Burnwood Chimneys Ltd we make sure all our customers are safe and aware of the dangers but ensure a fully competent installation.
Carbon Monoxide Detectors
It has been a UK Building Regulations requirement since October 2010 to fit a CO alarm with every installed stove. Any stove that is not fitted with a CO alarm could potentially be harmful to the health of your family as it is no easily detected without an alarm. It has become increasingly important to ensure that all stoves are tested and checked according to CE standards to ensure the continued safety of you and your family. As a result, through a high-profile, governmentally funded initiative, along with the Stove Industry Alliance and HETAS, Trading Standards is set to highlight the potential dangers of non-CE tested stoves, or stoves which claim to be CE tested, but in reality, are not.
Burnwood Chimneys Ltd have years of experience in all stove makes and will only recommend high quality makes to ensure maximum safety for is customers.
Unchecked and Neglected Stoves
Simple checks performed by manufacturers will allow them to provide you with a timescale and a list of items that need to be checked in accordance with this timescale. They will also provide you with detailed instructions on how to replace certain consumable components. Lee Davies Fireplace and Brickwork Specialists will be able to assist you with a range of checks and maintenance to ensure your stove is working safely.
Burnwood Chimneys Ltd recommend you have your chimney swept regularly alongside burning seasoned wood to ensure you are maximising your stove heat output plus keeping your flue in good condition therefore minimising ‘clogging’. Additionally a birdcage cowl is often used to keep out nesting birds.
Since October 2010, Building Regulations have implemented stricter criteria where ventilation requirements are concerned. Here at Burnwood Chimneys Ltd we will advise at the free no obligation survey of any requirements on ventilation.
Stoves and Extractor Fans
Under UK Building Regulations, it is not permitted to have a wood burning or multi-fuel stove operate in the same room as an extractor fan. This will again be assessed at time of survey and any recommendations provided.