Ensuring students are under no illusions when it comes to gas safety
video to see leading illusionist Damien O’Brien highlight the tricks to
It’s that time of year again, thousands of students
across the country are moving into their new houses for the start of the
new university year. However, not all digs are up to scratch and many
students are more concerned about where their next pint is coming from
rather than how safe their new pad is.
A study by National Grid has found that over a fifth
(21%) cited “good access to the pub and nightlife” and over a third
(36%) having “a good bedroom” as key reasons for choosing a property.
Perhaps equally unsurprisingly, only 7% rated having a
smoke detector as one of their three most important considerations, just
5% looked for a safe, regularly serviced boiler and fewer than 2% said a
carbon monoxide (CO) alarm was of prime importance.
However, with unserviced boilers significantly increasing
the danger of CO poisoning – 54% of students currently in rented
accommodation say their boiler does not have the gas safety certificate
their landlord should by law provide – and with three quarters of
students not having an audible CO alarm and living in at least two or
more different rented properties during their time at university, the
dangers are clear.
Nor, it seems, do students know what to look for. Almost
half (46%) don’t recognize light headedness, headaches, nausea,
dizziness and shortage of breath as symptoms of CO poisoning, while over
70% don’t know the indicators of a potentially faulty gas appliance: a
weak yellowy/orange flame, black marks around the appliance and a pilot
light that blows out easily.
Add the fact that 88% don’t know who to call if they
suspect a gas or CO leak, then the potential dangers are obvious.
To make sure that students stay safe, National Grid has
teamed up with leading professional illusionist, 25 year old Damien
O’Brien who recently featured on Penn and Teller, to help teach
students the tricks to living safely.
For more information visit:
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