The safety and health of our families are the most important things, and there are certain items and precautions we need to be aware of, in order to ensure our loved ones are protected. One of these is a carbon monoxide alarm.
Carbon monoxide is known as ‘the silent killer’, because you cannot see, taste or smell it. It’s alarming, then, to see new research suggesting that over 50 people die each year from carbon monoxide poisoning. It doesn’t stop there, either; a further 4,000 people end up being treated in hospital.
A carbon monoxide alarm can be your first line of defence in the case of an emergency, which is why it’s so important that every family has one fitted in their home.
This is the call of the Carbon Monoxide Be-Alarmed! campaign, following the revelation that a third of British parents admitted to not having a carbon monoxide alarm in their home. Furthermore, 42 percent of parents with children under the age of 12 months emerged as the individuals least likely to have an alarm.
It has never been more important to prepare and educate families, and the campaign is urging people all over the country to pay heed to the ABC checklist:
A – do you have a carbon monoxide alarm?
B – have you tested the alarm, and are the batteries working?
C – have you had an up-to-date gas check?
Lawrence Slade, spokesperson for the CO Be-Alarmed campaign, reiterated the importance of following this simple but potentially life-changing code.
“Carbon monoxide is known as the silent killer because you cannot see it, taste it or smell it; so an alarm can be life-saving. Protect yourself and your family from this silent killer by getting an alarm today,” he said.