Denton and Reddish MP, Andrew Gwynne, has urged residents across the constituency to protect themselves against the deadly threat of carbon monoxide (CO) as new research shows that those aged over 65 are most at risk of CO poisoning.
New research from the Carbon Monoxide – Be Alarmed! campaign found that 42% of over 65s across the North West of England, and 4.5 million across the country, are still at risk from this silent killer as many do not have a CO alarm fitted in their home.
From headaches to nausea, the symptoms of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning are being dangerously confused with seasonal illnesses. Despite one person dying every other week from CO poisoning in the UK the recent research from CO Be alarmed! shows that while 92 % of over 65s have a smoke alarm only 62% have a carbon monoxide alarm fitted in their homes which could save their lives.
Each year around 30 people die from CO poisoning, which can affect people before they are aware there is a problem so a CO alarm can be life-saving.
Gwynne attended a Parliamentary drop in session of the Carbon Monoxide – Be Alarmed! campaign to find out more about the dangers of Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning and advice on how to keep constituents safe. The campaign has a simple ABC guide on how to stay CO safe:
- Do you have an Alarm fitted?
- Have you tested it and are the Batteries working?
- Have you had an up to date gas Check?
Andrew Gwynne said:
“It is shocking that 42% of over 65s in the North West are at risk from carbon monoxide poisoning as they don’t have a life-saving carbon monoxide alarm fitted.
“That’s why I am supporting calls from the Co Be Alarmed! campaign to ensure all families across the country are aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide and make sure their older relative have a carbon monoxide alarm.”
Abbie Sampson, Carbon Monoxide – Be Alarmed! spokesperson, said:
“You cannot see, smell or taste carbon monoxide and the symptoms can often be missed or confused with a cold or flu. That’s why having an audible carbon monoxide alarm fitted is so important.
“This Easter, as many families get together with older relatives, we are urging everyone to consider our ABC checklist on behalf of their older family members – do they have an Alarm, have the Batteries been tested and have they had an up-to-date gas Check. Buying an alarm can be as cheap as a couple of Easter eggs but could be the difference between life and death.”