OFTEC highlights lack of awareness of carbon monoxide in Northern Ireland

As temperatures begin to drop, OFTEC, which represents the domestic oil heating and cooking industry in Northern Ireland, is throwing its weight behind HSENI's Carbon Monoxide (CO) Awareness Month, which is running throughout November.

OFTEC warns that many householders are still unaware of the risks of this potentially deadly substance when it comes to oil burning appliances.

David Blevings, OFTEC Ireland Manger said: “Carbon monoxide is traditionally associated with gas appliances. We are concerned that the message isn’t getting through to householders using oil and other fuels.   This is a particular worry when you consider nearly 70% of households are using oil as their main heating source in Northern Ireland.”

“Feedback from our technicians would suggest that householders believe the risks only apply to gas burning appliances. This is a key reason why this year’s campaign is targeting ALL fossil fuel users. The message is simple; if you burn oil, coal, peat, wood or gas then you should take appropriate action.”

“We fully support the Health and Safety Executive of Northern Ireland (HSENI)’s Carbon Monoxide Awareness campaign and the key message is that all fossil fuel burning appliances should be serviced annually. Oil consumers should always use an OFTEC Registered Technician as they have a flue gas analyser that can check for carbon monoxide spillage and can offer advice on heating controls and upgrades that will save you money.”

“At a time when household budgets are particularly hard pressed, the annual servicing of appliances will also improve their efficiency, offer potential cost savings on energy bills and will extend the life of the product – avoiding costly repairs/replacements,” added David.

Carbon Monoxide Awareness advice and information is available on HSENI website or via the HSENI helpline on 08000320121.