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:
- 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.
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.
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