The All Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group is supporting Project SHOUT’s Carbon Monoxide Awareness Day 2021
The All Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group will support Project Shout’s carbon monoxide (CO) awareness day (4th November 2021) by sharing safety messages to raise awareness of the importance of carbon monoxide safety.
Launched in September 2015, Project SHOUT is a national campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. This year, Project SHOUT is addressing the concern that with spiralling energy bills and plummeting temperatures this winter, cash strapped households may put servicing their appliances to the bottom of the list, making families more at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Organisations across the UK are working together to raise awareness on the dangers of poorly maintained or badly fitted appliances and the importance of having an audible CO alarm near any fuel burning appliance.
Dr Rayma Ravindrane, a public health advocate who is working with Project SHOUT on the campaign, said:
“Carbon monoxide poisoning can cause severe and long term illness as well as being potentially fatal. Project SHOUT are doing an important job of raising awareness of the harms of carbon monoxide poisoning and the actions people can take to protect themselves and their families. These simple steps include getting a carbon monoxide monitor and having gas appliances regularly serviced.”
Keep up with Project SHOUT’s updates and advice throughout the day by following @ProjectShoutCo on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and search #CarbonMonoxide
To keep you and your loved ones safe, follow Project SHOUT’s tips so you know what to symptoms to look out for, where to put your alarm and what to do if it goes off.
• Ensure CO alarms are placed in the correct locations – between 1m and 3m away from any fuel-burning appliance as well as in highly populated areas such as bedrooms and living rooms.
• Purchase a CO alarm that complies with British Standard EN 50291 and carries a British or European approval mark, such as a Kitemark, to ensure you are protected.
• Make sure your gas appliances are installed and serviced regularly by a qualified GAS SAFE registered engineer.
• Know the symptoms of CO poisoning: headaches, nausea, breathlessness, collapse, dizziness and loss of consciousness
If you smell gas or think there might be a gas leak, call the free 24-hour national gas emergency number immediately on 0800 111 999.