HETAS supports safety initiative in Abkhazia
CO alarms for schools
HETAS has put its support behind a safety initiative at schools in Abkhazia, an independent state situated in the north-western corner of Georgia.
Abkhazia is a state subject to political unrest, mean household incomes are just €400 per year and little funding is provided to the school systems. The climate is generally mild, but coastal territories can suffer hard frosts during winter.
Working with Neil Harrison of re:heat, HETAS were made aware of the schools in Abkhazia that were being heated by Russian wood stoves, funded by the Danish Refugee Council. Whilst the stoves are basic but effective, Neil was able to identify some areas of concern relating to their installation and use during a consultancy assignment in Abkhazia. In order to improve safety, guidance on their use and maintenance has been provided and Neil has been working tirelessly for months to raise funds for carbon monoxide alarms to be sent to the schools.
In the middle of October 164 carbon monoxide alarms were sent to Abkhazia for installation into the schools.
HETAS fully supports such safety initiatives in the UK and abroad and our thanks for this initiative go to Neil and the support of Fire Angel who were able to provide the CO alarms at cost price along with a number of freebies.
Extended thanks go out to the following individuals and businesses:
- Eco-Fuels in Nottingham
- Bowland Bioenergy in Clitheroe
- Clydesdale Bank
- Clean Stove Consultants
- Smiths Bros Wholesalers in Doncaster
- Martin Price
- Simon Lawlor
You can find out more about the work of the Danish Refugee Council in Abkhazia and Georgia here.