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  • Dizzy spells of man in faulty boiler riddle
    Sent: 29/02/2008
    A MAN who died of suspected carbon monoxide poisoning told friends he had collapsed at his South Yorkshire home a week before his death. Mark Ellis, aged 41, also complained of dizzy spells after a new boiler was fitted in the bathroom of his home o ... read more

    Two-horse race for installer registration
    Sent: 29/02/2008
    The competition to find the next provider of the gas installer registration scheme has become a two-horse race between incumbent CORGI and managed services giant Capita. The National Association of Professional Inspectors and Testers (NAPIT) and L ... read more

    Woman killed by gas leak at home
    Sent: 29/02/2008
    A woman has died and a man is fighting for his life in hospital after a suspected carbon monoxide gas leak at their home in west London. Police were called to the couple's home after worried family members and employers said they were unable to cont ... read more

    Sent: 29/02/2008
    Statistics show that there have been more than 40 deaths from Carbon Monoxide poisoning caused by gas fires in the UK over the last twelve years. These statistics show that of the 475 deaths in total from CO poisoning over this period, 8% of these re ... read more

    Bogus Corgi man got off free
    Sent: 27/02/2008
    THE victim of a bogus Corgi registered gas fitter whose work could have killed, has branded his punishment as an absolute disgrace. Pauline Lewis, of Caersws, had gas and electricity work carried out at the home she shared with her husband, Andrew ... read more

    Sent: 26/02/2008
    A significant move by Wolseley Parts Centers, to prevent non-Corgi Registered installers purchasing safety sensitive boiler spare parts, has attracted ATAG Heating UK Ltd to appoint Parts Centers as a main supplier of ATAG spares here in the UK. “ ... read more

    Gas Suppliers Saving Tips
    Sent: 26/02/2008
    Natural gas has been the fuel of choice for the UKs energy requirements for over 27 years now; this is reflected in the fact that we are the world’s third largest consumer of natural gas. With both usage and prices on the increase it’s vital that ... read more

    Save money by changing boilers
    Sent: 26/02/2008
    One of the best ways for households to reduce their energy bills is to replace their boiler with a more efficient model, it has been claimed. According to the Manchester Evening News, older boilers can lose as much as 40 per cent of the gas they u ... read more

    Burning question
    Sent: 26/02/2008
    Amid all the debates about alternative energy technologies, renewables and the resurgence of nuclear power, most people in the energy sector agree on one thing: the most crucial technology is carbon capture and storage (CCS). Without that, there is l ... read more

    Heat pump contributes to Devon hall green legacy
    Sent: 26/02/2008
    A community hall in Devon has become one of the first in the south-west to be powered by a ground source heat pump, solar panels and a wind turbine. Woolsery's sports and community hall was able to have a renewable makeover with financial help fro ... read more

    London school plugs into power of sun
    Sent: 26/02/2008
    East Dulwich school children are set to be surprised by the power of sun upon returning from their half-term holidays, it has emerged. Goodrich Community Primary School teamed up with one of the UK's leading energy suppliers EDF - who also fund bo ... read more

    Boiler repairs and heating improvements offered in Brent
    Sent: 25/02/2008
    New central heating systems and boiler repairs are some of the free green perks being offered to residents of a London borough. Local authorities in Brent are working alongside a charity and non-for-profit company in order to help residents bring ... read more

    Sent: 25/02/2008
    A bay plumber and gas heating specialist is warning of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.Ty Harnett, 33, owner of Maxi Glow Plumbing and Gas Heating Services based at The Willows, Torquay claims he has to condemn 45 per cent of boilers, some l ... read more

    Sent: 25/02/2008
    A Routine gas safety check made one MHS Homes customer £100 richer.Ian Bowes from Gorse Avenue, Chatham won £100 in the gas inspection draw organised by the housing association in conjunction with Swale Heating. Ian was picked from 1,400 tenants t ... read more

    Gas works - homes face disruption
    Sent: 25/02/2008
    HOMES and businesses face disruption following an announcement that Northern Gas Networks are to carry out widespread work in the Driffield area Work will begin around town as part of a multi-million pound investment programme from Northern Gas Netw ... read more

    Trader in Court for undertaking illegal gas work for elderly people in Kent
    Sent: 25/02/2008
    Following a joint investigation by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) and Kent County Council's Trading Standards, Margate Magistrates' Court will be holding the prosecution of trader Mr Tommy Smith, whom allegedly put vulnerable people at risk of c ... read more

    Ferroli unveils latest boiler at EcoBuild
    Sent: 25/02/2008
    Ferroli is set to reveal the latest addition to its Optimax HE range of wall-hanging, gas-powered boilers at this year's EcoBuild exhibition. The firm will be unveiling the SEDBUK Band A rated Optimax HE S System and Optimax HE 18 OV open-vented v ... read more

    Family Demands Answers After Dad Killed By Gas Fumes At Work
    Sent: 25/02/2008
    THE grieving family of a security guard found dead at work are demanding answers to the tragedy. Divorced dad-of-one Tommy Fraser, who had learning difficulties, was found slumped next to a petrol generator. The 37-year-old is thought to have b ... read more

    Large fine for gas work that could have killed someone
    Sent: 22/02/2008
    A MAN who falsely acted as a Corgi registered gas fitter has been fined over £6,000. David Mees, 44, of Ael y Bryn, Llandinam, who traded as DEE Services, was told his work could have caused death, by magistrates at Welshpool Magistrates' Court. ... read more

    HSE Warning After Council Prosecution Over Carbon Monoxide Incident At School, UK
    Sent: 22/02/2008
    The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is warning those with a responsibility to maintain and service gas appliances in schools and other public buildings to ensure that they have a robust gas safety management system in place. This warning comes a ... read more

    Building services aids Scotish heat scheme
    Sent: 21/02/2008
    Scottish council building services departments are stepping in to support the Scottish Executive’s troubled programme for providing free central heating to the over 60s. The scheme ran into difficulty after it emerged that Scottish Gas, the utilit ... read more

    Bosses sorry for leak
    Sent: 21/02/2008
    COUNCIL bosses last night apologised to parents after admitting a breach of health and safety laws that saw carbon monoxide leak into a children’s classroom. Gateshead Council was ordered to pay a £10,000 fine after pleading guilty to the incident ... read more

    19.02.08 - HSE warning after council prosecution over carbon monoxide incident at school
    Sent: 21/02/2008
    The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is warning those with a responsibility to maintain and service gas appliances in schools and other public buildings to ensure that they have a robust gas safety management system in place. This warning comes a ... read more

    Council fined over school gas leak
    Sent: 21/02/2008
    Gateshead Council has apologised after it was fined a total of £10,000 over a gas leak at a primary school. The council was also ordered to pay costs of £6,830 after it pleaded guilty at Gateshead Magistrates' Court to a health and safety charge. ... read more

    Breaking News: School gas leak costs council 16,000
    Sent: 21/02/2008
    Gateshead Council has been fined £10,000 after admitting health and safety breaches that led to a carbon monoxide leak at a primary school. The leak at Crookhill Primary School in Ryton in November 2006 led to 25 pupils and two members of teaching ... read more

    HSE warning after Council prosecution over carbon monoxide incident at school
    Sent: 21/02/2008
    The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is warning those with a responsibility to maintain and service gas appliances in schools and other public buildings to ensure that they have a robust gas safety management system in place. This warning comes a ... read more

    Fumes death of pensioner
    Sent: 21/02/2008
    A BOURNEMOUTH pensioner died after being overcome by poisonous fumes from his solid fuel cooker, an inquest heard. John Hector Butler, 83, suffered carbon monoxide poisoning last October after lighting his range, unaware that the flue pipe was blo ... read more

    Ways to Ensure Boiler Safety
    Sent: 18/02/2008
    Boiler Safety Boilers used to require constant upkeep and maintenance, but developments in digital technology have meant that you are now less likely to notice if something is wrong with your… Boiler Safety Boilers used to require constant u ... read more

    Locating Your Furnace Filter
    Sent: 18/02/2008
    Where Exactly is My Furnace Filter Located? One of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to heating and cooling elements within a home is, "Where is my furnace filter located?" When you move into a brand new home and need to change out ... read more

    B&Q Launch First Retail Deaf alarm
    Sent: 16/02/2008
    Deaf and hearing impaired alarm. With 9 million people registered as deaf or hard of hearing in the UK and a further 4 million losing their hearing but doing nothing about it, the smoke or carbon monoxide alarm aisle in DIY stores was of little or ... read more

    Gas death risk man in court
    Sent: 14/02/2008
    An unqualified gas fitter has been ordered to pay more than £6,000 after magistrates heard that his work was so poor it could have caused serious injury or death.David Mees, of Ael Y Bryn, Llandinam, who traded as Dee Services, was sentenced at Welsh ... read more

    Man died fixing boiler, inquest told
    Sent: 14/02/2008
    A man died when he was electrocuted as he fixed a gas central heating system, an inquest heard today. James Davies died on October 11 last year, just 19 days before his 30th birthday, the inquest at Cardiff Coroner’s Court heard. Mr Davies, of ... read more

    Safety call after fitter died repairing boiler
    Sent: 14/02/2008
    A CORONER is recommending new safety measures for gas fitters after a worker was electrocuted on the job. James Davies, 29, was found dead on the bedroom floor of a house in Strathnairn Street, Roath, Cardiff, last year. Self-employed Mr Davies ... read more

    Council to be prosecuted over school gas leak
    Sent: 12/02/2008
    A COUNCIL is to be prosecuted accused of failing to protect children and teachers from deadly carbon monoxide gas. Twenty-five pupils from a North-East school were rushed to hospital after complaining of feeling sleepy. It later emerged carbon ... read more

    How to Repair a Gas Stove
    Sent: 11/02/2008
    How do you repair a gas stove when it breaks down in the middle of a dish you are whipping up? Or even before you've set that pot atop the burner? Can you determine beforehand if your gas stove has a problem and if that problem is within your (or wil ... read more

    Avoid Premature Heat Exchanger Failure With Your Furnace
    Sent: 11/02/2008
    Just as you may have noticed that your automobile runs more smoothly after a fresh new oil change, the same principle works for your furnace, when it comes to a new or clean furnace filter. The main component for both hot water and forced air heating ... read more

    Halewood house could have exploded
    Sent: 07/02/2008
    POLICE who forced their way into a house in Halewood prevented a potential gas explosion. Officers smashed down the door after the tenant refused to let a housing association official carry out safety checks. Police were called by Knowsley Hous ... read more

    Dirty Furnace Filters Can Be Deadly
    Sent: 05/02/2008
    What do you assume is the result if you neglect to keep your furnace filter clean? Do you think that your furnace will be able to run forever without problems using the same dirty filter year after year? What do you think will happen when your furnac ... read more

    Councils help battle backlog of free central heating project
    Sent: 05/02/2008
    Councils are helping to tackle the massive backlog in the Scottish Government's free central heating programme for the elderly. Communities Scotland, which is administering the troubled scheme, has written to all local authorities to see if any ca ... read more

    Rogue gas fitters facing jail as safety law passes hurdle
    Sent: 04/02/2008
    ROGUE gas fitters who put people at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning will face jail instead of a fine, in a major victory for The Northern Echo's Silent Killer campaign. A backbench Bill to dramatically increase punishments for negligent work - i ... read more

    Coventry to get new housing team
    Sent: 02/02/2008
    More than 17,000 residents across Coventry are set to benefit from a new housing team created to keep the city safe from gas poisoning. Every year about 30 people nationally die from carbon monoxide poisoning caused by gas appliances and flues whi ... read more

    Boy killed by carbon monoxide leak from faulty boiler
    Sent: 01/02/2008
    An inquiry was today under way after a little boy died from a suspected leak of deadly fumes from a boiler in his bedroom. Dallas Smith had been celebrating his third birthday with his mum Claire and big sister Madison when both children began com ... read more

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