Town is a ‘hotspot’ for car­bon monox­ide

Midweek Visiter - - Age Concern -

GAS net­work Cadent is call­ing on schools in South­port to help spread the car­bon monox­ide (CO) safety mes­sage af­ter fig­ures re­vealed the area is a “hot spot” for dan­ger­ous gas ap­pli­ances.

Faulty or badly main­tained gas ap­pli­ances can leak deadly car­bon monox­ide, a colour­less, odour­less gas that kills some 40 peo­ple a year and sees a fur­ther 4,000 vis­it­ing ac­ci­dent and emer­gency de­part­ments with symp­toms of car­bon monox­ide poi­son­ing.

Dur­ing 2017-18, 263 gas cook­ers, boil­ers and fires were con­demned as be­ing “at risk” or im­me­di­ately dan­ger­ous in the South­port post­code area.

The fig­ures come from prop­er­ties at­tended by Cadent emer­gency en­gi­neers, where they have had to con­demn or iso­late an ap­pli­ance or in­stal­la­tion as be­ing ‘at risk’ or ‘im­me­di­ately dan­ger­ous’ fol­low- ing at­ten­dance at a re­ported gas emer­gency.

Now, with the help of a cud­dly caped cru­sad­ing bear named Safety Sey­mour, Cadent is aim­ing to tackle the scourge of CO.

It is urg­ing schools to sign up to a free day of car­bon monox­ide safety ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­i­ties, run in the class­room, aimed at Year 2 pupils and aligned to the na­tional cur­ricu­lum.

Cadent stake­holder and cus­tomer spe­cial­ist Amanda O’Shea said: “Re­search shows that fam­i­lies with chil­dren are among those most at risk from car­bon monox­ide poi­son­ing.

“Safety Sey­mour teaches young­sters how to stay safe and they take that knowl­edge home to their mums, dads, wider fam­i­lies and car­ers.

“It’s all about safe­guard­ing fu­ture gen­er­a­tions by embed­ding CO safety knowl­edge at an early age.

“Car­bon monox­ide poi­son­ing is eas­ily pre­ventable yet thou­sands of peo­ple ev­ery year suf­fer from CO symp­toms or even die.”

Here are Safety Sey­mour’s three steps to stay­ing CO safe:

Iden­tify the dan­ger – know the symp­toms of CO poi­son­ing.

These in­clude headaches, feel­ing sick, breath­less­ness, dizzi­ness, col­lapse and loss of con­scious­ness.

Also check for warn­ing signs that your ap­pli­ances aren’t work­ing prop­erly.

These can in­clude a lazy yel­low or or­ange flame in­stead of crisp blue ones, black marks on or around an ap­pli­ance and too much con­den­sa­tion in a room.

For more in­for­ma­tion go to ca­dent­gas. com/emer­gen­cies­safety/sus­pect-car­bon-monox­ide.

If you sus­pect a car­bon monox­ide leak call the Na­tional Gas Emer­gency Ser­vice im­me­di­ately on 0800 111 999.

Get your gas ap­pli­ances checked ev­ery year by a Gas Safe reg­is­tered en­gi­neer.

You can find one in your area by call­ing Gas Safe Reg­is­ter on 0800 408 5500 or visit www.GasSafeRegis­

In­stall an au­di­ble car­bon monox­ide alarm which will alert you if dan­ger­ous lev­els are present in your home.

Any school that would like to sign up for the Safety Sey­mour ses­sions should con­tact Amanda O’Shea via email at Amanda.os­[email protected]­dent­

Chil­dren in the first 150 classes to sign up for a ses­sion will re­ceive a free CO alarm.

Cadent is North West Eng­land’s gas emer­gency ser­vice.

As the re­gion’s gas dis­tri­bu­tion net­work, it en­sures its team of “first call op­er­a­tive” en­gi­neers are ready to re­spond quickly, 24/7, 365 days a year, to re­ported gas es­capes, or con­cerns about car­bon monox­ide.

For more see­dent­

A dan­ger no­tice on an ap­pli­ance – now Cadent wants young­sters to get the mes­sage re­gard­ing CO

Safety Sey­mour: fight against car­bon monox­ide poi­son­ing

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