A new campaign from The Dominic Rodgers Trust will raise awareness of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning among football fans to mark the 14th anniversary of the death of Dominic Rodgers.
Dominic died on 12 February 2004 after carbon monoxide from a neighbour’s faulty boiler seeped through brickwork into the room where he slept. He would have turned 24 this year.
On 3 February 2018 Dominic’s two favourite football teams, Huddersfield Town and Manchester United, go head-to-head in a football match at Old Trafford.
The Trust will be sending messages to fans’ smartphones in and around the stadium, delivering CO safety messages and directing them to the Dominic Rodgers Trust website.
Stacey Rodgers, Dominic’s mother, says: “Every year we look at different ways to get awareness out to people and we thought it would be a fitting tribute to Dom to do something when Huddersfield play Manchester United.”
Dwayne Wilkinson, a friend of Dominic’s, adds: “Me and Dom were best friends growing up as we went to the same school and lived in the same area. The love he had for football was something special we shared together – he loved Manchester United and Huddersfield Town.”
The campaign is being supported by the gas distribution networks.
Tom Bell, head of social strategy at Northern Gas Networks and chair of the Gas Distribution Networks CO Collaboration Forum, says: “The gas distribution networks were delighted to support The Dominic Rodgers Trust when they approached us.
“CO is often referred to as the silent killer as it’s colourless, odourless and can kill in three minutes. Annual boiler servicing and installing an audible alarm provides the best protection.
“We are keen to use as many methods as possible to cascade this essential information and will be working closely with Stacey Rodgers to see the benefits of texting safety messages to targeted audiences.”