A Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week Giveaway! (Competition now closed)

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This week is Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week and new research has revealed the risks some UK families are taking when it comes to carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. More than a third of UK homes aren’t fitted with a CO alarm – that’s around nine million homes!

Shockingly, only 6% of people surveyed can identify the most common symptoms of CO poisoning and one in ten parents wrongly think you can smell a CO leak. For this year’s Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week, npower has released details of its annual carbon monoxide (CO) research to highlight how at risk the UK could be from CO poisoning.

These findings show that although the UK population are generally aware of CO poisoning, there is a real lack of understanding of what the symptoms are, which appliances can be a cause CO poisoning and also what people should do if they suspect they are suffering from CO poisoning.

I admit that I am not very clued up on CO poisoning so this research couldn’t have been more useful for me. To give you a bit of an information boost too, here are the most common symptoms:

  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Tiredness and confusion
  • Stomach pain
  • Shortness of breath and difficulty breathing

npower has enlisted the help of six children from Brighton to bring the risks of CO to life by drawing what they think the deadly gas would look like if it wasn’t invisible and npower hopes as many people as possible will share the designs to help increase the UK’s awareness of CO poisoning and reduce the number of completely preventable deaths every year.

A Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week Giveaway! (Competition now closed)
A Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week Giveaway! (Competition now closed)

The images were made into professional illustrations by talented designers and I think they’ve done an amazing job of interpreting the children’s drawings. You can find out more about the process behind the children’s drawings in this great video:

For more information about carbon monoxide and to find out how to protect your family, visit npower’s website.

A Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week Giveaway! (Competition now closed)

I have teamed up with npower to give away carbon monoxide alarms to two lucky readers. To be in with a chance of winning an alarm just complete one or more entries on the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

Don’t forget to check out our other giveaways over on the giveaways page!

(Competition now closed)

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  1. iain maciver
    November 25, 2016 / 11:48 am

    a big softie

  2. Sue McCarthy
    November 25, 2016 / 1:17 pm

    An ex-colleague!! She was pretty toxic……..

  3. Annabel Greaves
    November 25, 2016 / 2:20 pm

    Pretty scary – carbon monoxide is not fun

  4. anthony harrington
    November 25, 2016 / 3:00 pm

    green and scary with long teeth!

  5. gaynor lewis
    November 25, 2016 / 5:45 pm

    Green and scary

  6. Susan Smith
    November 25, 2016 / 6:05 pm

    Toxic cloud

  7. Iris W
    November 25, 2016 / 8:36 pm

    An invisible nasty cloud monster

  8. sylvia
    November 26, 2016 / 6:02 pm

    silent death

  9. Rebecca Nisbet
    November 26, 2016 / 11:17 pm

    i can think of a few things!

  10. Jodie A Harvey
    November 28, 2016 / 7:34 pm

    Black and purple with hazard symbols as eyes!

  11. Jo Carroll
    November 29, 2016 / 11:55 am

    He’s be invisible like the killer ‘CO’ gas itself 🙁

  12. Kim Styles
    December 1, 2016 / 7:59 pm

    Like a giant leech

  13. Margaret Gallagher
    December 2, 2016 / 9:11 pm

    A giant gross spider frighteningly bad

  14. Laura Hayhow
    December 3, 2016 / 8:59 pm

    Round and shiny

  15. Solange
    December 4, 2016 / 12:29 am

    Scary with razor sharp teeth.

  16. Pam Francis Gregory
    December 7, 2016 / 8:17 pm

    Green & spiky

  17. Richard Tyler
    December 16, 2016 / 3:57 pm

    Bright yellow triangle!

  18. Allison Sherwood
    December 19, 2016 / 11:23 am

    The ex husband

  19. sheri Darby
    December 20, 2016 / 10:08 pm

    It would be invisible

  20. Allan Fullarton
    December 21, 2016 / 6:59 pm

    Toxic cloud

  21. samantha buntain
    December 21, 2016 / 11:17 pm

    a yellow and green hairy big bear looking creature with sharp claws

  22. emma davison
    December 22, 2016 / 8:53 am

    barely visible smudgy figure with sharp teeth

  23. Emma Fox
    December 22, 2016 / 9:46 am

    Something very bright and dangerous 🙂

  24. carol boffey
    December 22, 2016 / 12:42 pm

    toxic cloud

  25. Diana
    December 22, 2016 / 8:42 pm

    Black and scary!

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