Important student news from Young Academic: Are you aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide?

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, from entertainment to academia to University guides. Today we urge you to read this alarming feature about the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning – whether you have a heater at home, in your student house or common room this information is of paramount importance…

Four tragic deaths since the start of November, the high profile case of Girls Aloud singer Nadine Coyle, and the recall of more than 5000 heaters suspected of emitting carbon monoxide, have this week served to further highlight the dangers posed by carbon monoxide poisoning in the home.

What is more relevant for you, is that case studies have shown that students are at high risk as they often purchase cheaper heating systems and do not check that their heaters are in good working order.

(More than 80 per cent of fatalities and incidences of carbon monoxide poisoning in the UK take place in the months between November and March, according to a recent report by the Gas Safety Trust.

“When the nights draw in, the heaters are turned up and the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning increases,” warns Tim Jack, business manager Honeywell Analytics. “Tragically we have seen the consequences of carbon monoxide poisonings this week. Nobody can afford to be complacent about the dangers posed by carbon monoxide. Every home up and down the land needs to make sure it has an audible carbon monoxide alarm fitted.”

He adds: “As with most things in life, you get what you pay for. One should always look out for the EN50291 standard – an effective kite mark for detection units – because not all detection units in the market meet this safety standard.”

It is especially important to maintain appliances effectively given that prolonged exposure to low levels of carbon monoxide can lead to a range of illnesses and further health complications later in life.

“Students need to make sure that their landlords arrange regular maintenance of appliances by a qualified gas safety engineer,” said Mr Jack. “This in an obligation that landlords have to meet. Landlords must keep a record of all safety checks for two years and they have to issue a copy to each existing tenant within 28 days of the check being completed.”

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