CO Awareness Week
November 21st to 27th is Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week. Join people, organisations and businesses of all sizes to help raise awareness of the danger of carbon monoxide.
Organised by Lynn Griffiths and her charity, Carbon Monoxide Awareness, the campaign is now in its eleventh year. Lynn suggests there are a number of ways you can get involved to support the charity and the campaign this year:
- Update your carbon monoxide materials with the charity’s logo and messages. This could be via your website, blogs, leaflets, posters, magazines, eNewsletters or advertising.
- Use your social media channels such as Twitter, Facebook or Linkedin to warn about the dangers of carbon monoxide.
- Hold an event to engage your local community and make everyone aware of the importance of being carbon monoxide aware.
- Talk to school children, scouts, cubs, brownies, girl guides, lunch clubs etc about the dangers of carbon monoxide in the home, while camping or on boats.
- Promote the charity Carbon Monoxide Awareness and Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week to the public by engaging local and national media.
- Promote carbon monoxide to your staff on your intranet, email signatures, screensavers, staff noticeboards and staff training.
- Do you have a store or business? Why not add information about the dangers of carbon monoxide to your notice boards, websites or plan tannoy announcements throughout National Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week?
- Help raise much needed funds for the charity by holding charity ‘wear your own clothes to work/school days’, car washes, sell cakes, raffles, bingo etc.
- If you or your family has been effected by carbon monoxide please talk to your local press and/or TV about what happened to you/your family. Let them know you are doing this to show your support to the charity “Carbon Monoxide Awareness’ and the charity’s 8th National Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week.
- Just click and show your support: http://www.everyclick.com/carbon-monoxideawareness-limited/1125755/0/info
Carbon Monoxide Awareness Charity is an independent registered charity run entirely by unpaid volunteers. If you are planning something during CO Awareness Week, get in touch with Lynn and let her know.
HETAS also has a range of consumer advice leaflets available to our registrants via the HETAS Shop, including a FREE carbon monoxide leaflet. Visit shop.hetas.co.uk to order your copies.
Many of you will have also seen recent press coverage surrounding Which? testing of carbon monoxide alarms. Visit the HETAS News Page to find out more information.
My name is Lynn Griffiths. You will properly be unaware I even exist so please allow me to introduce myself.
- From 1988 – 1999 My family and I were poisoned by carbon monoxide for over a decade.
- From 1999 – 2005 I became carbon monoxide aware and made some great contacts in the UK and America.
- From 2005 – 2014 I worked long hours unpaid as President of the charity “Carbon Monoxide Awareness.”
I have spend the last 26+ years either being poisoned by carbon monoxide or trying to prevent what my family and I went through/are still going through from happening to someone else either living/working here in the UK.
- I know what it’s like to be a victim of carbon monoxide.
- I know what it’s like to be poisoned by carbon monoxide and have nobody to turn to for help, support or advice.
- I know what it’s like to get misdiagnosed by a doctor as suffering from the flu, a virus etc.
- I know what it’s like to have carbon monoxide cause long term and permanent health problems with debilitating effects to the sufferer.
- I know what it’s like to love someone only to loose them and have to bring up a son aged three years and three others all of school age all alone.
- I know what it’s like to try and get a school’s SENCO teacher to give your son the correct cognitive tests only to have your pleas fall on deaf ears.
- I know what it’s like to pay for a gas service (annually) for over a decade only for a blocked flue to be missed over and over again.
- I know what is like to care and understand.
- I know what it’s like to work unpaid for long hours to try and prevent what happened to your family from happening to others.
- I know what it’s like to nothave the support you so desperately need from several government ministers to help make a difference.
- I know what it’s like to have no donations to help you continue with something you know a little more than most about. This is all the charity has to survive: www.everyclick.com Should you know of any company looking for a charity of the year please ask them to think of us.
How many people living here in the UK today are still unaware they too could be suffering the effects of chronic carbon monoxide poisoning just like my family and I were without even knowing it?
Carbon monoxide incidents over the last 21 months have been rising faster than the charity has ever seen before. Please help us prevent ignorance from costing another person/family/colleague their life due to carbon monoxide poisoning. Most of the charity’s posters and leaflets can be found on our website www.COvictim.org oron our main supporters website’s carrying their logo.
Carbon Monoxide Awareness Charity is an independent registered charity run entirely by unpaid volunteers.
Carbon Monoxide is produced by the incomplete combustion of any hydrocarbon fuel. Examples: Coal, Charcoal, Wood, Oil, Petrol, Diesel, Natural Gas and LPG etc.
Most people are not aware:
- The World Health Organisation recommendations advise people shouldn’t be exposed to more than just SIX PPM of Carbon Monoxide over 24-hours
- The NICE 2013 guidelines for Carbon Monoxide poisoning emphasises that NOT finding the source of exposure does NOT exclude it ?
Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week runs Monday 17th November to Sunday 23rd November 2014. Please add this date to your diary and if you can pledge your support to the charity by giving a little of your valuable time to help the charity educate those living in a community near you about the danger of carbon monoxide from all fuels.
For more info on the charity’s 9th National Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week please click here: http://covictim.org/articles/details/pledge-your-support-to-charity-s-9th-national-carbon-monoxide-awareness-week–
If you can help the charity launch a national campaign to help save lives or prevent injury from something you can’t touch, taste, see, hear or smell please contact Lynn via the charity’s website.