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By matthewgribbin, Jan 9 2018 01:42PM

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a highly poisonous gas that is difficult to detect; it is colourless, odourless and tasteless and can cause serious health problems and even death. CO is a result of the incomplete burning of natural gas, LPG and other materials that contain carbon including wood, coal, gasoline and propane.

CO happens when gas appliances have been incorrectly installed, poorly maintained or badly repaired. Household appliances such as cookers, boilers and heater are the most common causes of accidental exposure to CO however; blocked chimneys, flues or vents - even though they are not the direct source - can stop CO escaping which can result in high levels of the poisonous gas in the air.

The symtoms of CO poisoning are not always obvious especially when exposed to low levels. There are six main symptoms to watch out for:

1. Headaches

2. Dizziness

3. Nausea/vomiting/stomach pain

4. Breathlessness

5. Collapse

6. Loss of consciousness

The initial symptoms are not dissimilar to those of food poisoning or flu however; CO poisoning does not cause a temperature and symptoms will be less severe or may even disappear when away from the source of the CO leak. Other family members will have similar symtoms that started around the same time and this applies to pets too.

If you suspect a CO leak then get some fresh air immediately: open all windows and doors, turn off the gas, leave the building and seek medical advice. Request a visit from your Gas Safe registered engineer to inspect your gas appliances, chimneys and flues to identify any dangers.

If you think it is an emergency, call the Gas Emergency Helpline on 0800 111 999.

There are on average 25 deaths a year from accidental CO poisoning in England and Wales.

Installing a carbon monoxide alarms will alert you of leak and can be bought from all good hardware shops however; a CO detecter is not a substitute for the maintenance and regular servicing of your appliances.

If you require any gas safety checks or would like your range cooker servicing then please contact us. We service and repair all ranges including Britannia, Ilve, Rangemaster, Mercury, Falcon, Lacanche and Bertazzoni.

By matthewgribbin, Dec 1 2017 03:53PM

A startling report by Gas Safe Register has revealed that on average, one in six gas appliances in the UK are deemed unsafe.

As we move swiftly into December's festivities, Gas Safe Register and the Fire and Rescue Services have joined forces and are urging everyone to have their gas appliances checked. December has been found to be the time when the most unsafe boilers, fires, cookers and range cookers are detected. Appliances that are not working safely and efficiently can result in gas leaks, explosions, carbon monoxide poisoning and fires.

The research went on to identify the UK's top ten cities and the percentage of gas appliances inspected found to be unsafe were:

Edinburgh - 40%

Birmingham - 33%

Norwich - 31%

Swindon - 29%

Ipswich - 28%

Wolverhampton - 27%

London (outer) - 25%

Sheffield - 24%

Coventry - 22%

London (central) - 22%

Gas Safe Register cannot stress the importance of having an annual gas safety check for all appliances so that "families can enjoy the holidays with peace of mind that their gas appliances are working safely and efficiently.” Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service have said that in addition to regular gas safety checks, ensure your appliances are well maintained and you have both smoke and carbon monoxide alarms installed.

To protect you and your family, always make sure the engineer who is carrying out any work or safety checks is Gas Safe registered.

To book your gas safety check for your gas range cooker, dual fuel range cooker or LPG range cooker with Range Cooker Care please contact us. We carry out gas safety checks and services on all range cookers including Britannia, Rangemaster, Ilve, Lacanche, Falcon, Mercury and Bertazonni.

By matthewgribbin, Oct 11 2017 06:44PM

The first week of October has been and gone and my initial thoughts are brrr! I don’t know if anyone else is with me on this one but it seems as though closing the door on September has ultimately closed the door on summer and has opened a Pandora’s Box of wind, rain, greyness and chills (except for that one day of sunshine so far!). Despite the cooling temperatures and what appears to be incessant dampness, October, or speaking seasonally, autumn has to be one of my favourites.

For as the clocks go back and the nights draw in and we awake to crisp cold mornings that often bring autumnal mist, we can look forward to breathtaking fiery hues that are put simply, a stunning seasonal delight. The skies will play host to dazzling displays of starling murmuration and will also bear witness to the annual return of millions of birds and ducks that are escaping harsher winters from countries as far afield as the Arctic. For birds such as fieldfares, redwings, geese and swans, food is easier to find in the UK and as autumn is the season of plenty, there will be an abundance of fruits, nuts and seeds for birds and animals to help them build up their fat reserves ready for hibernation, migration or the forthcoming winter.

Speaking of fuel for the cold months ahead, what seasonal foods do we (as humans) have to look forward to? Autumn is about juicy pears, crisp apples and delicious veggies like butternut squash, kale and brussel sprouts that are packed full of vitamin C to help fight off those wretched winter coughs and colds. Seasonal meats and game include goose, duck, venison and rabbit; for those fish and seafood lovers, mackerel, mussels and crab are a must. Don’t forget that foods are sold cheaper when there’s a glut, so take advantage of this season’s foods and whip up some tasty delights.

There are so many scrummy autumn recipes that will boost your immune system whilst keeping you satisfied as the dreaded dark nights descend like cheesy autumn mushrooms, simple squash risotto, tasty Thai pumpkin soup and yummy pear and blackberry crumbles. For those wanting something a little bit special, try Antonio Carluccio’s mouth-watering Mushroom crostini starter, followed by Silvena Rowe’s delighful Pomegranate glazed duck with bulgar, chickpea and pomegranate pilaf, and to finish, Antony Worrall Thompson’s perfect Pumpkin pie; delicious!! Well that’s my next dinner party sorted!!

By matthewgribbin, Jul 31 2016 05:44PM

ALL work carried out on any duel fuel ( electric ovens gas hob ), full gas ( gas ovens and gas hob ) or liquid petroleum gas range cooker should be carried out by gas safe registered engineer. It does not matter if it is electrical work or gas work.

Many people believe it is acceptable for a non gas safe registered engineer to work on an electric oven with gas hob, this is not the case. If the cooker has to be removed from it's position, any hotplates or panels removed a non-gas safe registered engineer does not have the skills or necessary equipment or legal certificate to carry out this repair.

This is not to be alarming or fill a customer full of dread and fear about their range cooker repair engineer, it has been known for insurance companies to refuse payouts for any damage caused by a non gas safe engineer working on a gas appliance. Full gas safe details can be found here and if you do you require a gas safe registered engineer to repair your range cooker then use range cooker care.

By matthewgribbin, May 31 2016 09:24PM

Multifunctions ovens have up to 9 functions for customers to use, but just like your washing machine most people use just one or two. If you were to try and use all functions on the oven, not only does each function cook specific dishes to perfection, you will also prolong the elements and motors inside the oven by spreading the workload across the whole oven. So next time your cooking instead of going straight to the fan oven setting why not try: bottom element only for pizzas; fan assisted grill when grilling; conventional oven setting for baking. If you are unsure of any functions you could always give us a call, we dont charge for advice you know.

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