My boiler could have killed me



  • Since we're on the subject:

    "Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include:
    • headache
    • dizziness
    • feeling sick or being sick
    • feeling weak
    • confusion
    • chest and muscle pain
    • shortness of breath

    The symptoms may come and go. They may get worse when you spend time in an affected room or building and get better when you leave or go outside."

    The confusion one is particularly interesting

  • Ectophile
    Ectophile Posts: 7,324 Forumite
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    Thanks for the details.
    I was not aware that CO alarms do not detect gas supply leaks and that this type of alarm would have been no help to the OP and their particular problem.
    I'd still suggest they get a CO alarm though.

    If you travelled back in time to when town gas was a thing (it must have been the late 1960's when the supply was changed where I lived), then a CO detector would have worked.
    Town gas is mostly hydrogen and carbon monoxide.  Matural gas is mostly methane.
    If it sticks, force it.
    If it breaks, well it wasn't working right anyway.
  • Thanks to all for feedback and yes my own negligence is to blame , in reply to those who asked why i dont have a carbon monoxide alarm i was told it was a sealed unit so the fumes can only go outside.
  • They probably also told you that the gas supply was sealed and wouldn't leak, but you told us that it did.
  • QrizB
    QrizB Posts: 13,822 Forumite
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    ... i was told it was a sealed unit so the fumes can only go outside.
    And that is true, for a boiler that's working as intended.
    A faulty boiler, however, can leak flue gases and lead to carbon monoxide in the home. You can also get carbon monoxide from a faulty gas stove, if you have one, or from any other combustion appliance.

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  • jefaz07
    jefaz07 Posts: 546 Forumite
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    When I was a landlord I had to follow requirements.....
    * In England & Wales regulations recommend that landlords provide CO alarms in rooms with gas appliances.
    * Its law in Scotland & Northern Ireland.
    * Government publications also cover CO alarms in rooms with gas appliances.

    It’s mandatory in England now too! 
  • markin
    markin Posts: 3,844 Forumite
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    The room seal on the cover is rubber and can fail just like all the other plastic and rubber parts inside
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