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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is CO (Carbon Monoxide)?

A. Carbon Monoxide is an invisible, odourless, tasteless and most importantly a poisonous gas. The gas can be detected with a CO alarm, sounding when the gas is identified.

Q. Is Carbon Monoxide (CO) really that dangerous.

A. Yes. Every year in the UK alone 4,000 people are poisoned, 200 of these victims are then admitted to hospital and sadly 50 of these victims die.

Q. What happens in a Fire Risk Assessment (FRA)?

A. A Fire Risk Assessment helps to highlight fire hazards within a building. These risks then need to be analysed and managed. FRAs come in many formats but Blue Watch offer a comprehensive service that also considers Carbon Monoxide dangers.

Q. Do smoke alarms really stop fires?

A. Smoke alarms help to warn you of fires and give you the chance to either tackle them (if they are manageable) or evacuate without any harm coming to you or your family. Although smoke alarms may not stop fires they certainly give you a better chance of surviving them.

Q. Where do most fires start in your home?

A. Over 50% of home fires start in the kitchen. It can be easy to avoid fires and it is even easier to detect them before they get out of control. Our range of smoke and heat alarms are designed to give early detection of potential fires.

Q. What do CFOA do for domestic households?

A. The Chief Fire Officers Association is a charitable organisation, aiming to make life safer through improved service delivery of protecting local communities. Activities include creating info-videos, making house visits, provide fire risk assessment guidance, donate and fit smoke and CO alarms to properties that are at risk and do much much more. You can find out more about CFOA at

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