Winter is Coming: Take the time to look around your home to ensure you are fire safety ready

As you and your family prepare for the winter months ahead, Quell wants to remind you of the importance of equipping your home with working carbon monoxide (CO) alarms. Winter is the peak season for CO poisonings, but with a Quell Carbon Monoxide alarm, safety can be made simple for homeowners.

“With winter quickly approaching, we want to make sure that families are protecting themselves from the dangers of carbon monoxide,” said David Laundry, National Consumer Manager at Quell. “CO alarms provide a critical alert for homeowners when CO is present. Quell is committed to raising awareness about the importance of working alarms that could mean the difference between life and death.”

Statistics suggest that 43% of all fire fatalities occur in winter, often due to the misuse of heaters.  Quell suggest to prevent fire risks this winter, ensure you have a working smoke alarm, that space heaters meet the latest safety standards, which would include having a cut off device, placing heaters on a hard, stable surface and turning heaters off when you leave an area or before going to bed.

Heaters also pose a CO risk if they are faulty or are being used incorrectly. Carbon monoxide, often called the ‘silent killer’ is a clear, tasteless and odourless substance that is produced from the incomplete combustion of gas. Quell recommends having your gas appliances checked by a qualified technician and ensuring that at least one CO alarm is present on each level of your home, ideally in or near any room with a fuel burning appliance (such as boiler, gas cooker, fireplace or heater).

David Laundry says that the winter months can be a serious safety hazard if families are unprepared. “The lead up to winter is a great time, not only to check the fire alarms in your home are functioning, but also to research into what other fire safety equipment you may need in your home to protect your family in the best possible way,” Laundry says.