I have a long standing interest and engagement with Carbon Monoxide poisoning awareness. In 2004, a resident of Huddersfield, Stacy Rodgers, tragically lost her son Dominic to Carbon Monoxide and as a result she set up the Dominic Rodgers Trust which I have worked closely with to help raise awareness of Carbon Monoxide poisoning, as well as pushing for greater parliamentary action to tackle this important issue.
Today, I joined Jason McCartney MP, Liz Twist MP, Stephanie Peacock MP and Baroness Finlay to promote the important message of staying carbon monoxide safe in the summer months. #CarbonMonoxideSafe4Summer is supported by a wide range of organisations; including United Against CO, Steve Vick International, Cadent, Northern Gas Networks, SGN, Wales & West Utilities, Domestic and General, IGEM, CoGDEM (The Council of Gas Detection and Environmental Monitoring), Liquid Gas UK, Safer Tourism Foundation, CO Research Trust, Katie Haines Memorial Trust, HETAS; and the All Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group (APPCOG).
The key message from the campaign is that it is vital to use BBQs and outdoor heaters safely by ventilating properly. BBQs are the true unknown danger as Carbon Monoxide pour out of these and if kept inside, they be deadly.
Where ever you are going for your summer holidays – take a carbon monoxide alarm with you! More information about the campaign, including the Assets Library where you can download lots of free graphics and resources, can be found here – Take Part in CO Safe4Summer — United Against CO
The campaign will run from 24 June – 30 August 2021, so please get involved. Check your CO alarms, take precautions when using BBQs and raise awareness about Carbon Monoxide in your community.