November 13, 2013
As the cold weather arrives, it is important to check that your Oil boiler is operating as efficiently and safely as possible.
If you didn't manage to get your heating oil boiler serviced through the summer, we strongly recommend that you do so before the sub zero temperatures really kick in. By doing so, you can be rest assured your oil boiler will be running as efficiently as possible.
By having your boiler serviced regularly by an OFTEC qualified engineer, you will also ensure you and your family are have peace of mind that there is no risk of Carbon Monoxide poisoning.
OFTEC is throwing its weight behind this year’s Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week (18-24 November) by urging oil consumers to get their boilers checked by an OFTEC registered technician before winter sets in to reduce any risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
A recent statement issued by OFTEC stated:
Oil heating appliances have a very good carbon monoxide safety record, highlighted by a 2012 report by the Gas Safety Trust which showed oil to be extremely safe for domestic use.
However, although most people associate carbon monoxide poisoning with faulty gas appliances, all fossil fuels can give off the clear, odourless gas which is responsible for more than 50 deaths and 4,000 people admitted to A&E in the UK every year*.
Malcolm Farrow, of OFTEC, comments: “The risk of carbon monoxide poisoning is significantly lower with oil-fired central heating but consumers should not be complacent. The key message is that in order to save lives, consumers should have their boilers checked annually by an OFTEC registered technician to make sure they are working properly. We also recommend homeowners install a carbon monoxide detector in their home.
“This is an important issue which we stress to our customers all year round. We want to do all we can to support national Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week and view a carbon monoxide detector as just as important to people’s safety as a smoke alarm – they really do save lives.”
For more information you can visit the OFTEC website by clicking here or to book an Oil boiler service with an OFTEC qualified Rix engineer please click here.