April 11, 2012
A new report by the Gas Safety Trust has highlighted the safety of oil-fired heating and cooking systems.
The Downstream Incident Data Report, which reviewed carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning incidents in Great Britain between 1st July 2010 and 30th June 2011, is the first to include comparative data from oil and solid fuel installations, as well as gas and piped LPG.
During the period covered by the report, there were no reported fatalities caused by CO in homes using heating oil, and just three non-fatal incidents, the lowest of all the fuel types. Even allowing for the difference in the number of homes using the different fuels, oil came out on top as the safest choice for domestic use.
Jeremy Hawksley, Director General of OFTEC, said “Every carbon monoxide poisoning fatality is a tragedy, so it’s reassuring for oil customers to know that they’re using the safest fuel for their heating and cooking needs. Oil-fired systems are less likely to release dangerous carbon monoxide than natural gas, LPG or solid fuels, and regular servicing by an OFTEC registered technician will help minimise still further the remote risk of an incident occurring.” Read the full report by clicking here.
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