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COMPETITION: WIN 1 of 3 Carbon Monoxide Alarms

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In November, I told you about the Carbon Monoxide Campaign: Be Alarmed to help raise awareness of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.

The campaign is still going on and it’s important that you are aware of the dangers of CO poisoning and the importance of having a carbon monoxide alarm at home.

If you are a British soap watcher you will have recently noticed the reoccurring and serious dangers surrounding carbon monoxide poising and the importance of using a fully qualified gas safe registered engineer for any work involving gas appliances.

You may have seen that Coronation Street featured a story on carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning over the festive and New Year period – with one of the characters, Fiz, becoming very ill and close to death as a result of exposure to the gas.

Carbon monoxide poisoning is easily preventable, yet every year it needlessly kills and injures people across the UK. To help change this, we need to make sure people know what to look out for and how to protect themselves.

As carbon monoxide has no smell, taste or colour, the most important way to do this is with a carbon monoxide alarm. Currently, however, only 1 in 10 households has one.

I must confess that before I heard about the campaign a few months ago, I didn’t have a carbon monoxide alarm installed as I didn’t know my family was at risk. I am pleased to say that now my family is protected from carbon monoxide poisoning.

For more information, please visit the Carbon Monoxide – Be Alarmed! website.

I’m pleased to inform you that I was offered 3 carbon monoxide alarms to give away to my readers.

For your chance to win an alarm, please follow the instructions below.

Compulsory:

  1. Follow my blog by email AND leave a comment telling me whether you knew about the dangers of CO poisoning before reading this post.

Extra Entries:

2. Follow COBeAlarmed on Twitter

3. Like COBeAlarmed on Facebook

4. Follow LilinhaWorld on Twitter

5. Like Lilinha Angel’s World on Facebook

6. Tweet the following message:

I would like to keep my family safe with CO alarm @COBeAlarmed at @LilinhaWorld blog https://lilinhaangel.wordpress.com/2013/01/21/competition-win-1-of-3-carbon-monoxide-alarms/

You may tweet daily for extra entries. Please leave one blog comment for each extra entry. If you have followed all the steps above, please leave 6 comments.

Competition open to UK residents until 23.59pm on Monday 18th February.

Good Luck everyone! 🙂

T&C’s: There will be 3 winners, each one will receive one carbon monoxide alarm. The winners will be picked by http://www.random.org after the closing date on 18th February 2013. Lilinha Angel’s World will contact the winners by email or Twitter  within 7 days wherever possible and will allow 7 days for a reply. Open to over 18′s and UK only. If I do not hear anything within this time period I reserve the right to redraw a winner.  Lilinha Angel’s World decision is final.

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**WINNERS**

Lemonscake @LemonFancy

Stacey Guilliat @86PinkPrincess

Lindy Hine @LindyHine

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: Is your Family Safe?

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CO infographics 2  A few months ago, I mentioned about the start of the Carbon Monoxide Campaign: Be Alarmed to help raise awareness of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.

If you are a British soap watcher you will have recently noticed the reoccurring and serious dangers surrounding carbon monoxide poising and the importance of using a fully qualified gas safe registered engineer for any work involving gas appliances. You may have seen that Coronation Street featured a story on carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning over the festive and New Year period – with one of the characters, Fiz, becoming very ill and close to death as a result of exposure to the gas.

CO infographics

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning is extremely serious as it is a “silent killer”! I am helping to spread the message about the importance of having an alarm, the dangers of CO poisoning and ways that can help others to stay safe.

The effects of CO poisoning can be devastating, yet it is easily preventable. The most important question: is your family safe? I have a carbon monoxide alarm fitted at home and I hope you also have. If you don’t have an alarm yet, British Gas is giving away 75 carbon monoxide alarms in the hope that soon every home will be fitted with one of these. You can enter British Gas Facebook competition here.

For more information, please visit the Carbon Monoxide – Be Alarmed! website. You can also follow the campaign on Twitter and Facebook for the latest updates, stats and for life-saving information to share with your friends and family.

CO Poisoning Infographic

Carbon Monoxide Campaign – Be Alarmed! @CoBeAlarmed

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Carbon Monoxide Campaign kicked off a few days ago to help raise awareness of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Carbon monoxide poisoning is easily preventable, yet every year it needlessly kills and injures people across the UK. To help change this, we need to make sure people know what to look out for and how to protect themselves.

As carbon monoxide has no smell, taste or colour, the most important way to do this is with a carbon monoxide alarm. Currently, however, only 1 in 10 households has one.

Until recently, I didn’t have a carbon monoxide alarm installed, but I am pleased to say that now my family is protected from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Please have a look at the simple infographic as a reminder of “how to stay safe”.

Click on the picture to enlarge and please feel free to share as it could save lives!

One of carbon monoxide campaigners Stacey Rodgers appeared on BBC Breakfast a few days ago to share her experiences –  you can view the video here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20150955, along with a video on how to fit an alarm here: http://www.co-bealarmed.co.uk/how-to-fit-a-carbon-monoxide-alarm/

Millions still at risk from carbon monoxide poisoning

The Carbon Monoxide – Be Alarmed! Campaign has published worrying new research that shows that at least 35 million people across Great Britain are still at risk from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Despite 81% of people knowing that carbon monoxide can kill, just 4 in 10 (39%) say they have carbon monoxide alarms in their homes.

This figure is low, but research suggests the real figure may be even lower – with some studies putting the number of homes with alarms at just 1 in 10*.

As carbon monoxide has no taste, smell or colour, the only way to detect it is with an audible alarm, that sounds when the gas is present. The research also uncovered a concerning amount of confusion over which alarms to use – with 42% of those without carbon monoxide alarms saying this is because they have a smoke alarm in their homes.

* In a study, published by Liverpool John Moores University in May 2012, fire fighters conducted checks at 22,182 properties across Merseyside. 90.2% of the properties did not have carbon monoxide alarms.

Five steps to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning

  1. Fit a carbon monoxide alarm in your home that sounds when the gas is present. This will only take a few minutes and should be done in a central location in the house. The alarm can be fixed to the wall at head height or placed on a table, bookshelf or shelf. Further details are at: www.co-bealarmed.co.uk
  2. Have fuel-burning appliances serviced annually by a qualified and registered engineer.
  3. Don’t block ventilation and have chimneys swept at least once a year.
  4. Know the main symptoms: headaches, dizziness, nausea, breathlessness, collapsing and loss of consciousness. Keys signs are if symptoms clear up when you are away from home and come back when you return, or if other people in your household experience similar symptoms.
  5. Watch out for soot or yellow/brown staining on or around your appliance, a lazy yellow / orange coloured gas flame rather than a sharp blue one or pilot lights which blow out frequently.

About carbon monoxide

Carbon monoxide has no colour, taste or smell, meaning installing an audible alarm, that sounds when carbon monoxide is present, is the only way to ensure a household is protected. Carbon Monoxide alarms are a similar size to smoke alarms, and only take a few minutes to fit.

Carbon monoxide is produced when fuels such as gas, oil, charcoal, coal and wood do not burn completely. The most common cause of this is when an appliance, such as a boiler or cooker, is installed incorrectly or poorly maintained. Carbon monoxide can also build up when flues, chimneys or vents are blocked.

The Department of Health estimates that 50 people are killed by carbon monoxide poisoning, and at least 4,000 are treated in hospital, in the UK each year. However, the figure is likely to be much higher than this, as carbon monoxide poisoning is very difficult to diagnose as symptoms are often similar to common illnesses like flu and food poisoning.

About the campaign

Carbon Monoxide – Be Alarmed! is the national campaign to reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by carbon monoxide. The campaign is run by Energy UK on behalf of Britain’s six major gas and electricity companies in partnership with the Dominic Rodgers Trust, and is supported by more than 40 other organisations.

For more information, please visit the Carbon Monoxide – Be Alarmed! website or contact the team on monoxide@co-bealarmed.co.uk.

Follow the campaign on Twitter and Facebook for the latest updates, stats and for life-saving information to share with your friends and family.