Carbon Monoxide campaign
Carbon Monoxide - Be Alarmed! is Energy UK’s campaign to reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning by raising awareness of CO risks at home and encouraging everyone to install, maintain and test an audible CO alarm.
The campaign is funded by British Gas, EDF Energy, E.ON, npower, Scottish Power and SSE, in partnership with the Dominic Rodgers Trust. The trust was set up by Stacey Rodgers, who lost her son to carbon monoxide poisoning.
It is estimated that around 30 people die every year from CO poisoning and another 4,000 are hospitalised. The true number, however, is likely to be higher.
Carbon monoxide is known as the ‘silent killer’ because you can’t see it, smell it or taste it. It can be omitted from everyday household appliances, such as a poorly maintained or faulty boilers or gas cookers.
Follow our simple ABC checklist to keep yourself and your family #COsafe
- Fit an Alarm;
- Test it regularly and make sure the Batteries are working; and
- Have an up-to-date gas Check.
Taking these steps, and knowing the symptoms – such as nausea, tiredness, headaches or flu-like symptoms – will keep everyone at home safe.