The cold weather caught us by surprise at the weekend. It’s been relatively mild down here in Devon but after a weekend in the Forest of Dean we returned to a freezing cold house late Sunday late. Usually our log burner heats our mid terrace home so we rarely switch on the central heating, save for an hour on really cold mornings. But this time we needed heat and we needed it fast so left it working away for most of the night.
But then I had that awful panic feeling.
We are yet to get our boiler serviced, it’s not the nicest thing to spend your hard-earned cash on and things keep getting in the way but after a very interesting conversation with my step dad, I found out that our carbon monoxide detector was most probably placed in the wrong spot, further more, I can’t remember the last time I tested it to see if actually worked. (It doesn’t help that it’s out of reach for a shortie like me!)
It was a requirement for the log burner installation so we do have one, I am usually very vigilant at keeping our home safe. Studies have shown that in the last three years, an estimated one in six homes inspected by the Gas Safe Register was found to have an unsafe gas appliance and one in eleven have an unsafe boiler, I wasn’t taking any chances.