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Safety campaign warns of carbon monoxide dangers this summer

Brits are being warned of the risks of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning during the summer months through a new Carbon Monoxide Safe4Summer campaign.

The campaign by the All-Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group (APPCOG) is raising awareness of the risks of CO poisoning associated with BBQs, wood and coal burners, and liquid petroleum gas.

Brits are investing in garden and outdoor living spaces this summer, and campsite bookings have soared by 500 per cent. Families are also renting caravans and boats for the first time  with their usual foreign holidays are off the cards.

Whether you are a holiday maker or property vendor, it’s important to be aware of the risk that CO can pose at some campsites, holiday homes, BBQs and COVID-safe gatherings. Carbon monoxide is an odourless and tasteless gas that’s invisible to the eye. It has no easily identifiable characteristics and can cause life-threatening damage – from something as simple as bringing a disposable BBQ indoors. APPCOG is also urging people to take a CO alarm with them if they holiday in the UK this year.

The campaign brings parliamentarians together with charitable organisations, public bodies, gas distribution networks, research organisations and the wider industry to raise awareness of the risks, as well as focusing on the safe use of outdoor heating and cooking equipment, and getting the most out of a CO alarm to make sure everyone stays safe this summer.

APPCOG chair Barry Sheerman MP said: “It is more important than ever to raise awareness about the dangers of carbon monoxide. The Carbon Monoxide Safe4Summer campaign draws on the incredible work of the Group’s members to promote awareness and increase carbon monoxide safety. Please get involved, and share these simple steps to keep loved ones safe this summer.”


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