CO-Awareness a charity that works to raise awareness of the dangers of Carbon monoxide, are currently working in partnership with the North West Health Protection Agency on a new campaign to remind people of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning and a simple step they can take to reduce that danger.
They are urging people to take with them on holiday with them an audible Carbon Monoxide alarm.
CO Awareness President Lynn Griffiths said: “There have been a number of tragedies
and numerous near-misses in this country and abroad in recent years. No one should
assume that their hotel room, holiday home, caravan or canal boat is safe.
“Audible CO alarms can be purchased comparatively cheaply from most hardware and electrical stores and from the larger supermarket chains. They are small and unobtrusive and will easily pack into a suitcase. It is a small investment to make but it could pay a rich dividend.”
Exposure to high levels of carbon monoxide causes more than 50 accidental deaths
every year in England and Wales and there have been some high profile tragedies
overseas in recent years.
Professor Qutub Syed, Director, HPA North West, said: “In small spaces such as hotel
rooms, caravans, boats and rented houses and cottages, levels of carbon monoxide
produced by faulty, poorly maintained or poorly ventilated fossil fuel appliances can build up very quickly to levels that can kill.
“It happens all too regularly and our appeal to people planning their holidays is; don’t let it happen to you.
“Even at lower levels, carbon monoxide can make you ill. It produces symptoms similar
to flu or food poisoning, including headaches, tiredness, difficulty in thinking clearly and feeling sick.
“Our advice to holiday-makers is that If you do not have an alarm, it is unlikely you will know that you are being poisoned by this lethal gas as carbon monoxide is colourless and has no taste or smell.”
If you can I urge you to take head of this advice and purchase an alarm if you can, they cost as little as £25, and details of your nearest supplier can be found by calling 0800 1694 457.