Our History, Mission & Vision

Our History

Katharine Leah Haines (nee Samuel) – always known as Katie – was born on 31 January 1979 and was the daughter of Gordon and Avril Samuel and elder sister of Adam and Lydia.  Katie married Richard Haines on 12 December 2009 at St Mary’s Church, Fairford, Gloucestershire.  Tragically, on 18 February 2010, just two months after her wedding, Katie died of accidental carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning at her home in Wokingham. The Katie Haines Memorial Trust was founded in 2010 by Katie’s family to raise awareness of the dangers of carbon monoxide and in time support and promote other charities that would have been close to Katie’s heart.

Our Mission

We exist because of a tragic accident. Our work is inspired by the life of the person we lost. Our mission is to raise awareness about the dangers of carbon monoxide and to prevent unnecessary loss of life. We are run by a committed group of individuals but rely on the help and support of others to ensure the dangers of carbon monoxide are prominent in people’s minds, particularly the most vulnerable groups in society – the elderly, children, university students and those living in low-cost accommodation.

Our Vision
  • Our vision is that everyone in the UK understands the dangers of carbon monoxide and takes preventative measures to make sure that they do not fall victim to it.
  • It is important to have all carbon burning appliances regularly maintained and serviced by an engineer qualified to work on that particular appliance and to check the engineer’s registration card.
  • Blocked chimneys or flues can also cause carbon monoxide to enter the home and it is important that they are swept regularly by a registered sweep.
  • Install an audible carbon monoxide alarm in all rooms where there are carbon burning appliances and remember to test them regularly – Test It Tuesday– and make sure they are within their expiry date.
  • Pack a CO alarm in your suitcase when staying away from home

Symptoms Checker

If you are experiencing any or all of the above symptoms, it could be an indication that there is carbon monoxide in your home, especially if the symptoms lessen when you leave the premises. If the symptoms persist, see your doctor and make sure your carbon burning appliances are checked by a qualified engineer.

Landlords’ Duties

The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 make it mandatory for landlords to ensure that gas appliances, pipework and flues provided for tenants are in a safe condition at all times. The rules apply throughout the UK and cover liquid petroleum gas (LPG) systems as well as natural gas. READ MORE

For a free copy of the NLA Fire Safety Logbook click here.

“We won’t rest until everyone in the UK understands the dangers of CO and takes steps to ensure they don’t fall victim to it.
It’s vital that all carbon burning appliances should be regularly serviced by a qualified engineer and one or more CO alarms installed.”

Gordon Samuel

Our campaign videos

Cause for Alarm

Two simple steps can protect against CO poisoning, as shown in our new video called #causeforalarm released by the Katie Haines Memorial Trust.

Wake Up! Video

Sound The Alarm
Carbon Monoxide Can Get You Anywhere!

NEW – CO Can Get You Anywhere!

Sound The Alarm
Carbon Monoxide Can Get You Anywhere!

Sound The Alarm

Our first short video on the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning in the home:

News Articles

Katie and KHMT in Arsenal Programme – Arsenal v Manchester United – 10th March

Remembering Katie As everyone knows, Katie was an avid Arsenal supporter and was lucky enough through her...read more

Be Gas Safe – RoSPA

Be Gas Safe – Reduce Carbon Monoxide Poisoning You can’t see it, taste it or smell it but it can...read more

Proud supporters of Hetas Chimney Fire Safety Week 2017

Chimney Fire Safety Week 2017 It has been confirmed that the Fire KillsChimney Fire Safety Week 2017 will...read more

Facebook Posts

"I had a call from a couple after a house move. Mr and Mrs P moved into a house with open fires and installed CO alarms in the rooms with the fires and in the bedrooms above said rooms. After lighting a fire in the rear downstairs room, CO alarm was bleeping like crazy in the bedroom above, diagnosis, one leaking chimney.

Lining the flue cured the problem and all lived happily ever after, and are still living, I'm very glad to say, in the same property. Sensible people, be like Mr and Mrs P."

- A.D, Gasfitter and Chimney Sweep
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4 hours ago

Heading to Reading festival this weekend? Follow our safety tips to make sure stays safe while having fun:

- Always camp in allocated areas and don’t obstruct fire lane - you’ll be asked to move.
- Don’t use candles in or near a tent, use a torch instead.
- Never take a barbecue into a tent. It gives off an invisible, odourless, potentially lethal carbon monoxide gas which could kill you.
- Leave paper lanterns, candles, fireworks and flares at home.
Always extinguish your cigarette properly. If you’re camping, don’t smoke in a tent.
- If you’re getting a water taxi to Reading Festival, be sure to take your back pack off for the journey. While we hope that it will never happen, if there was an emergency, your back pack will be heavy and could weigh you down.
- If a fire does start, keep calm and get yourself and everyone away from the fire quickly as you can, then contact the nearest steward or campsite info point.
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1 day ago

If you're looking to do DIY this Bank Holiday weekend, remember to leave your gas appliances well alone! ow.ly/bCLI50vwdd8 ... See MoreSee Less

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