Carbon Monoxide Awareness 2017

Did you know that November is Carbon Monoxide Awareness Month? Furthermore, would you know what to do in the event of a leak? Research carried out by npower has revealed some worrying statistics about our knowledge on the subject.

A massive 43% of us wouldn’t know what to do if there was a leak in our home. What’s more, only 5% of us would be able to recognise the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. This is despite 96% knowing that it can be fatal.

An infographic showing the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Kate and I have always had carbon monoxide detectors since shortly after we first moved in together. The boiler in our flat had seen better days and we both started getting headaches. We put two and two together, got outside and called the gas emergency number.

Fortunately, everything was okay. We were fine and there was nothing wrong with the boiler. Our minds must have been playing tricks on us but we weren’t embarrassed about getting it checked out. The old adage of better safe than sorry rings true here.

An infographic stating that one in three people in the UK don't have a carbon monoxide alarm at home.

More than 200 people a year are admitted to hospital with poisoning and, tragically, around 50 die as a result.

Carbon monoxide is odourless as well as completely invisible so the only way to detect it is with a carbon monoxide alarm. And herein lies the problem – a third of UK homes don’t have one installed.

Take a moment to read some of the other statistics on this infographic. Read on afterwards though for details of a competition you won’t want to miss.

An infographic showing facts about carbon monoxide.

To raise awareness of carbon monoxide, npower is inviting children to draw the deadly gas in the form of monsters. I think this is a great idea. By giving carbon monoxide a memorable appearance, more people will be reminded of its dangers.

Speaking of this initiative, here’s your chance to win a Nest Protect smart smoke and carbon monoxide detector worth £109.

Children's drawings of monsters.

Share your kids’ drawings with the hashtag #COMonsters to either my Facebook or Twitter pages – tagging @DiaryOfTheDad – by 30 November. As well as being in with a chance of winning a device that could save your life, you’ll be helping raise awareness that could save those of others.

Alternatively, you can enter via the Rafflecopter widget below. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

In the meantime, why not find out more about carbon monoxide safety on the npower site?

Disclosure: this is a collaborative post.

113 Comments
  • Tracy Nixon
    November 20, 2017

    Yes they can! (I never knew until now!)

  • Sadiyya Maryam
    November 20, 2017

    Yes they can be.

  • Tanya Deliyska
    November 20, 2017

    It seems log burners actually can be a cause of carbon monoxide poisoning.

  • iain maciver
    November 20, 2017

    yes it can

  • Liam Fitzpatrick
    November 20, 2017

    Yes of course!

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    November 20, 2017

    Yes they can, did’nt know this.

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    November 20, 2017

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    November 20, 2017

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    November 20, 2017

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    November 20, 2017

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    November 20, 2017

    Yes, which is a bit scary!

  • Anthony Harrington
    November 20, 2017

    yes they can, this surprised me

  • lorraine kirk
    November 20, 2017

    Yes, I didn’t realise that.

  • Sarah Mackay
    November 20, 2017

    Yes they can

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    November 20, 2017

    Yes they can

  • Nigel Soper
    November 21, 2017

    Yes of course they can

  • Solange
    November 21, 2017

    Yes

  • Graham Ross
    November 21, 2017

    Yes they can

  • Sue McCarthy
    November 21, 2017

    Yes!

  • Sheena Batey
    November 21, 2017

    Yes they ca and i didn’t realise that.

  • clara b
    November 21, 2017

    Yes they can

  • Michelle Bruce
    November 21, 2017

    Yes they can.

  • Fiona jk42
    November 21, 2017

    log burners can be a cause of carbon monoxide poisoning, which I was not aware of until now

  • Amanda tanner
    November 22, 2017

    yes but would of guessed no

  • Keith Glover
    November 22, 2017

    YES

  • Tony Metcalfe
    November 22, 2017

    Yes they can.

  • lynn neal
    November 22, 2017

    Yes they can!

  • Carole Nott
    November 22, 2017

    Yes, this is a fact i did not know

  • Isabel O
    November 23, 2017

    They can, which I didn’t know until today. 🙂

  • Hollie Gregersen
    November 23, 2017

    Such an important issue to discuss and yes, log burners certainly can be the cause of carbon monoxide poisoning sadly. Thank you for raising awareness x

  • Alison Johnson
    November 23, 2017

    Yes they can.

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    November 24, 2017

    Yes

  • Angela Treadway
    November 24, 2017

    yes x

  • Kim Neville
    November 25, 2017

    Yes they can

  • JULIE WARD
    November 25, 2017

    Yes it can, I’m guilty of being no 1 on the list

  • Victoria Thurgood
    November 25, 2017

    Yes

  • Sarah Austin
    November 26, 2017

    Yes!

  • Naomi Buchan
    November 26, 2017

    Yes they can x

  • sheri Darby
    November 26, 2017

    yes they can

  • Ritchie
    November 26, 2017

    Yes.

  • Tony Mann
    November 26, 2017

    Yes log burners can be a cause of carbon monoxide poisoning, hence why each installation must have a carbon monoxide monitor.

  • amy bondoc
    November 26, 2017

    yes they can be

  • KEV C
    November 26, 2017

    yes!!

  • EMMA WALTERS
    November 26, 2017

    yes they can x

  • DAWN HULL
    November 26, 2017

    Answer: yes they can be a cause of carbon monoxide poisoning.

  • Margaret Gallagher
    November 26, 2017

    Yes wasn’t aware of this !

  • Andrew Phillips
    November 26, 2017

    Yes

  • Teresa Lee
    November 26, 2017

    Yes

  • Paul Wilson
    November 27, 2017

    Yes.

  • Deborah Hawkins
    November 27, 2017

    Yes they can

  • Allison Sherwood
    November 27, 2017

    Yes they can

  • Jeev C
    November 27, 2017

    Yes wasnt aware but now am aware

  • stuart hargreaves
    November 27, 2017

    I would have thought not but I know now YES

  • Rob Hutchinson
    November 27, 2017

    Yes, log burners can be a cause of carbon monoxide poisoning.

  • n Parker
    November 27, 2017

    Yes they can be.

  • Tracy b
    November 27, 2017

    Apparently so! I have no idea until I read this!

  • Chris Fletcher
    November 27, 2017

    Yes they certainly can, so you have to be careful!

  • Suzanne Jackson
    November 27, 2017

    Yes they can

  • Allan Fullarton
    November 27, 2017

    Of course it can

  • Sue Dorking
    November 27, 2017

    Yes, they can.

  • Marc H
    November 27, 2017

    Yes (had no idea till i’d read this)

  • Jenny Jones
    November 27, 2017

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    November 27, 2017

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    November 27, 2017

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    November 27, 2017

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    November 28, 2017

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    November 28, 2017

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    November 28, 2017

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    November 28, 2017

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    November 28, 2017

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    November 28, 2017

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    November 28, 2017

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    November 28, 2017

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    November 28, 2017

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    November 28, 2017

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    November 28, 2017

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    November 28, 2017

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    November 28, 2017

    yes

  • Julie
    November 28, 2017

    Yes. Didn’t know that before now though, thanks for making folk more aware.

  • Emma Davison
    November 28, 2017

    Apparently, they can

  • June Lord
    November 28, 2017

    Yes, log burners can be a cause of carbon monoxide poisoning.

  • Catherine Barton
    November 28, 2017

    Yes they can. People are oblivious to this silent killer & we need to be educated

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    November 28, 2017

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    November 28, 2017

    Yes – i didn’t know that

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    November 29, 2017

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    November 29, 2017

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    November 29, 2017

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    November 29, 2017

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    November 29, 2017

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    November 29, 2017

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    November 29, 2017

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    November 29, 2017

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    November 29, 2017

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    November 29, 2017

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    November 29, 2017

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    November 29, 2017

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    November 29, 2017

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    November 29, 2017

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    November 29, 2017

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    November 29, 2017

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    November 29, 2017

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    November 29, 2017

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    November 29, 2017

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    November 29, 2017

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    November 29, 2017

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    November 29, 2017

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    November 29, 2017

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    November 29, 2017

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    November 29, 2017

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    November 29, 2017

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    November 29, 2017

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    November 29, 2017

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    November 29, 2017

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