CO Advice

We’re supporting Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week 2021

FireAngel is proud to support the All Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group’s campaign week, held from 22 – 28 November.

FireAngel will be joining APPCOG’s annual campaign from 22 – 28 November 2021 to raise awareness and help consumers and the public to wise up to carbon monoxide.

Often referred to as ‘The Silent Killer’, carbon monoxide (CO) is produced when fuel doesn’t burn properly from appliances such as boilers, cookers, log burners or open fires.

Carbon monoxide is associated with a range of health complications, including low birth weight in babies, brain damage and heart disease. However as it’s an odourless, tasteless gas many people could be being harmed without even knowing, as carbon monoxide cannot be detected by human senses. The only way to stay protected and alerted to levels of carbon monoxide is with an audible CO alarm.

Steve Boggis, Trade Business Unit Director at FireAngel, said: “FireAngel is proud to support Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week 2021 as we work to help raise awareness on the dangers and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning.

“As well as ensuring fuel-burning appliances are serviced on an annual basis by a Gas Safe registered engineer, it’s vital that an audible CO alarm is placed in bedrooms, living rooms and near any gas appliances in a property to protect and alert residents as quickly as possible to potential CO poisoning.”

There is concern amongst MPs and engineers that the increasing costs of living will have a negative impact on many households who are struggling, as they may be unable to afford the usual upkeep and maintenance on their homes this winter.

Barry Sheerman MP, Co-Chair of The All Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group leading the campaign, says:

I am urging everyone to understand the dangers posed by carbon monoxide. Each year in November, Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week is held to raise awareness of what you can do to stay safe and protect your family.

“Number one is getting your appliances serviced and investing in a carbon monoxide alarm. But if that’s not affordable for you, there are still simple things you can do to stay safe. Learn the signs that carbon monoxide could be around and save the Gas Emergency Service number 0800 111 999 on to your phone today – it could save a life.”

This year, it is more important than ever to support our communities and keep an eye for the early warning signs that something might not be safe. If you would like to be part of the campaign and help raise awareness on carbon monoxide, APPCOG has partnered with United Against CO to produce a range of awareness raising content and online tools that can be downloaded for free.