CO risks may be greater because of higher living costs, say MPs

MPs are increasingly concerned that more people may suffer from carbon monoxide poisoning because they can’t afford to get their boiler serviced or buy an alarm, against a backdrop of higher fuel and living costs.

The All Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group (APPCOG) is leading Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week, the annual campaign to raise awareness of the poisonous gas, from 22-28 November 2021.

This year, it is more important than ever to support communities and keep an eye out for the early warning signs that something might not be safe, says APPCOG. It has teamed up with United Against CO to produce a range of free content and online tools that you can download and use to help raise awareness of the dangers. You can join in by downloading the online tool kit and helping to spread the word.

Barry Sheerman, co-chair of the parliamentary group, says: “I am urging everyone to understand the dangers posed by carbon monoxide and 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. If that’s not affordable, 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.”

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