About the campaign
Carbon Monoxide - Be Alarmed! is Energy UK’s campaign to reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning by raising awareness of CO risks at home and encouraging everyone to install, maintain and test an audible CO alarm.
The campaign is funded by British Gas, EDF Energy, E.ON, npower, Scottish Power and SSE, in partnership with the Dominic Rodgers Trust. The trust was set up by Stacey Rodgers, who lost her son to carbon monoxide poisoning.
It is estimated that around 30 people die every year from CO poisoning and another 4,000 are hospitalised. The true number, however, is likely to be higher.
Carbon monoxide is known as the ‘silent killer’ because you can’t see it, smell it or taste it. It can be omitted from everyday household appliances, such as a poorly maintained or faulty boilers or gas cookers.
Follow our simple ABC checklist to keep yourself and your family #COsafe
- Fit an Alarm;
- Test it regularly and make sure the Batteries are working; and
- Have an up-to-date gas Check.
Taking these steps, and knowing the symptoms – such as nausea, tiredness, headaches or flu-like symptoms – will keep everyone at home safe
What is carbon monoxide poisoning?
The six main symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are:
- Loss of consciousness
Carbon monoxide poisoning can affect people’s mental ability before they are aware that there is a problem. Any effort that increases the body’s need for oxygen only makes the problem worse, rapidly leading to collapse and potentially death. Find out more about the symptoms at our know the signs section of the how to stay safe page.
About the CO Be Alarmed campaign
Too many people in the UK die needlessly or become seriously ill because of carbon monoxide poisoning. According to the Department of Health, 50 people die each year from carbon monoxide poisoning and another 4,000 are treated in hospital. However, the true number is likely to be much higher as the early symptoms can easily be mistaken for flu or tiredness.
The effects of carbon monoxide poisoning can be devastating, yet it is easily preventable. The easiest way to protect yourself and your family is by getting an alarm that makes a loud noise when the gas is present.
Research carried out for this campaign has found that almost two thirds of people in Great Britain are putting themselves at risk because they don’t have a carbon monoxide alarm.