IGEM took part in a virtual meeting with the communications group of The All Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group (APPCOG) on 25 March. The group is co-chaired by Baroness Finlay of Llandaff and Barry Sheerman MP. The group represents all aspects of the gas industry and came together to discuss what communications are in place and need to be put in place to raise awareness of the threats of CO poisoning now that many more people are working or studying from home because of the COVID-19 emergency.
The group will continue to meet regularly during this period to agree a co-ordinated approach.
In the meantime the key messages for us all at this moment are:
- Make sure you have a working certified CO alarm installed, for more information visit the COGDEM website, and to know the best place to position your alarm click here.
The group also discussed what advice and guidance is being given to gas engineers and consumers generally:
- The Gas Networks continue to support the gas emergency service for gas emergencies or suspected CO cases
- At present landlords obligations for gas certification remains in place
- Gas Safe Registered engineers can continue to support essential maintenance and installations especially for vulnerable people
For advice on this visit the Gas Safe Register website.
For the latest advice for landlords and renters visit the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s website.
For the latest guidance for landlords, registered gas engineers and clinically vulnerable (shielded) tenants visit the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website.