gas hobAndrew Gwynne MP will join Lynn Griffiths, the founder of the Carbon Monoxide Awareness charity, to launch the charity’s 8th National Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week at the House of Lords on Monday 18th November 2013.

Due to lack of donations this year the charity finds it’s unable to take its message to many parts of the UK.

Lynn is pleading to MPs, businesses and the media to pledge their support to the charity’s 8th National Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week this year to help the charity reach the people it currently can’t.

Andrew Gwynne MP said:

“I totally support what Lynn is doing. This is a crucial underrepresented cause, and all it needs is some awareness of the various ways of stopping carbon monoxide poisoning, such as having all fuel burning appliances serviced every year, the chimney swept once or twice a year, and by installing a carbon monoxide alarm in the correct place in the home, caravan or boat.

“Act now and don’t let someone you love fall victim to this silent killer.”

Lynn Griffiths said:

“It is shocking that despite living in the Information Age still don’t realise that carbon monoxide is a colourless, odourless highly toxic gas that can kill in under three minutes.

“Poisoning can have a devastating effect and the more people are aware of the symptoms of exposure, especially at the initial stages, the more chance we have of preventing avoidable deaths or injuries.”

Carbon monoxide is produced by the incomplete combustion of any hydrocarbon fuel e.g. coal, charcoal, wood, oil, petrol, diesel, natural gas and liquid petroleum gas (LPG).

Those poisoned by just low levels of carbon monoxide go on to develop long term chronic health problems.

The Charity’s 8th National Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week aims to:

1. Raise awareness about the signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide.

2. To make the public aware that all hydrocarbon fuel (charcoal, wood, oil, petrol, diesel, natural gas, liquid petroleum gas/LPG) appliances need to be serviced every year.

3. Homeowners with gas appliances can apply for a free gas safety check via their gas provider if they are on a qualifying benefit.

4. To make the public aware: Their chimney needs to be swept once or twice a year.

5. Promote the charity’s FREE Carbon Monoxide Android Phone App & NEW website.

6. To make sure the public understand a carbon monoxide alarm is “NEVER” a substitute for the correct installation or servicing of ANY gas, oil, wood or coal burning appliances.

7. Fit a carbon monoxide alarm in the correct place.

The mother-of-four set up the charity over eight years ago, after she and her family suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning for over a decade.

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