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December 31st, 2012

Important information if you use wood pellets!

Gas Safety Trust warns of wood pellet danger

The Gas Safety Trust is warning installers, distributors and users of wood pellets to be aware of the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning, following 9 fatalities since 2002 caused by poisoning following entry into wood pellet storage areas.

Although there have not been any incidents so far in the UK, the use of wood pellets is increasing and awareness of this danger is essential.

Gas Safety Trust Board Chair, Chris Bielby MBE said: ‘The use of wood pellet boilers in homes, businesses and schools in the UK as an alternative to oil or gas fired boilers is increasing. The HSE have issued a warning to all users of these appliances, as it is not a danger that most people would consider. Carbon monoxide can kill quickly without warning, and we support the HSE in raising awareness of this potential hazard’.

Read the full press release here