Carbon monoxide alarms

A staggering 9 million homes in the UK are without a carbon monoxide alarm and it is estimated a total of 50 people die each year from carbon monoxide poisoning. Known as the ‘silent killer’, carbon monoxide poisoning often goes undetected, you cannot see it, smell it or hear it. The only way to know whether the deadly gas is slowly killing you is if your carbon monoxide detector alarm goes off, that is why they are so crucial. The alarms cost around £15 and if every house contained one, around 50 lives could be saved each year.

On Do The Right Thing, we speak to Chloe Kilby, who shares her devastating story on the fatal effects of carbon monoxide poisoning. Chloe’s uncle, Simon, was renting a room in his friend Elouise’s flat. One morning, his family found him unconscious in his flat when he failed to turn up to work. Sadly, it was too late for his flat mate Elouise, who had already died. Simon ended up in a coma for 9 years. Tragically, he passed away in 2016.

On the show, we are also joined by Amanda Handy and her two children, who were also victims of carbon monoxide poisoning, but luckily, survived. Amanda shares her near-death experience with the poisonous gas due to a faulty boiler. One evening, Amanda and her two children complained of dizziness, sleepiness and headaches at her relative’s house. After researching their symptoms online Amanda called NHS 111, who immediately diagnosed them all with carbon monoxide poisoning. In A&E, it was revealed Amanda had 10% of carbon monoxide in her bloodstream, her step-father had 30% and her step-sister a shocking had 70%.

Do The Right Thing are campaigning to change the law, making it compulsory for carbon monoxide alarms to be installed in all homes. In Scotland, it is already the law to have one for new installations, and we think the rest of the UK should follow suit. The National Fire Chiefs Council are supporting the the campaign and agree that the law needs to be changed to make working alarms a necessity in all homes, regardless of what appliances are already in the property.

If you would like to find out more about the dangers of carbon monoxide and the precautions you can take to stay safe, visit: https://www.gassaferegister.co.uk/help-and-advice/carbon-monoxide-poisoning/

Dog collars

It is estimated that there are 85,000 electric shock collars being used on pets in the UK today. Although we are known as a nation of pet lovers, many UK pet owners are frequently using electric shock collars to train and discipline their pets. These collars are designed to control and train cats and dogs, costing as little as £20. Many owners however see electric shock collars as extremely cruel as they administer a short, strong shock into the animal if they misbehave.

The Kennel Club recently conducted a survey surrounding electric shock collars and found that 3 out of 4 of us would support a ban on them. The survey also revealed that 1 in 3 dogs will let out a cry of pain at the first use of a shock collar. Animal behaviourist and veterinary surgeon, Kendal Shepherd, tells Do The Right Thing that she has seen evidence of animals with burns and scars where these collars have been misused on pets. The Dogs Trust have also informed Do The Right Thing that they too are appalled that it is still legal to buy and use electric shock collars in England, revealing that they can have a serious negative impact on animals mental and physical well-being.

The use of these collars is already banned in Wales, and Scotland is soon to follow suit. The government in England is now looking at whether the use of these collars should banned here too.

If you would like to support the ban on the electric shock collars, please get in touch with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, who are consulting on this issue, by 27th April 2018.

Email: animalwelfare.consultations@defra.gsi.gov.uk

Post:

Animal Welfare Team

Area 5B

Nobel House

17 Smith Square

London, SW1P 3JR

 

Fitted kitchens

If you are on the lookout for a new kitchen, get some great advice from Trading Standards on how to find the best company for you, and where to go if things go wrong.

If you’re looking for reputable companies, try:

Trading Standards:

Trading Standards Buy with Confidence scheme: Buy With Confidence is a national register of Trading Standards Approved businesses run independently by local authority Trading Standards departments.

www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk

Or

Which?

Trusted Traders scheme, that rates local businesses.

https://trustedtraders.which.co.uk


If you are having any problems with a kitchen you have already purchased you can contact Citizens Advice for help and guidance.

 

Citizens Advice:

England:  https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/

Scotland: https://www.cas.org.uk/

Wales: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/cymraeg/

Northern Ireland: https://www.citizensadvice.co.uk/