12 million homes without a carbon monoxide alarm, research suggests

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An estimated 12 million UK homes are not protected by a carbon monoxide alarm, it has been predicted.

Nearly half (46%) of the 2,000 people questioned said they do not have the device, potentially putting themselves at risk of CO poisoning.

Families are more likely to fit a smoke alarm (83%), double glazing (76%) or window locks (70%) than have a CO alarm (54%), according to research commissioned by the Gas Safe Register.

Jonathan Samuel, Gas Safe Register chief executive, said: "We are encouraging families to ask a Gas Safe registered engineer to check that their gas appliances are safe and sound as a first line of defence from potential CO poisoning.

"Worryingly, nearly half of the people we asked didn't know the signs of dangerous gas appliances - a key cause of CO poisoning.

"The signs that your gas appliance isn't working safely are: a lazy yellow flame instead of a crisp blue flame, soot or staining on or around the appliance, or excess condensation in the room."

For more information, visit www.StayGasSafe.co.uk