Carbon monoxide awareness initiatives win safety award

Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning awareness charity CO-Gas Safety together with the Gas Distribution Networks (GDNs) across the UK, have won the Heating & Ventilation (H&V) News Safety Initiative of the Year Award for 2016.
 
The award, presented on Thursday 20 March at the H&V News Awards 2017 in London, recognised the work of CO-Gas Safety over the last twenty years through their campaigning and ongoing partnership with the UK’s GDNs National Grid Gas Distribution, Northern Gas Networks, SGN and Wales & West Utilities to raise awareness of CO poisoning.
 
Key CO-Gas Safety campaign initiatives have included a training course developed for gas engineers and a CO School Poster Competition first launched in 2007 by CO-Gas Safety that encouraged primary school students to submit creative and informative posters about the dangers of CO poisoning. The competition, now called the GDN CO School Safety Competition is in its 10th year and promoted by the GDNs.
 
Stephanie Trotter, Director and President of CO-Gas Safety said:
 
“As an independent registered charity, CO-Gas Safety is absolutely delighted to have won the Safety Initiative award at the H&V News awards 2017 for the course about CO developed by Roland Johns using the PPP developed for our schools poster competition. We are very pleased that the GDNs have collectively taken action and are now organising the awareness competition in primary schools and that two of the GDNs are using Roland’s course for apprentices.”
 
Phil Burrows, Chair of the GDN CO Best Practice Group said:
 
“The GDNs are thrilled to win this award in partnership with charity CO-Gas Safety as we are committed to working together to raise awareness of CO poisoning as sadly, each year lives are lost and many people are admitted to hospital and suffer health problems because of this silent killer.
 
“CO poisoning can be avoided if awareness of its dangers was better known and people take some simple precautions such as getting their gas appliances checked each year by a Gas Safe Registered engineer and owning an audible CO alarm.”
 
Stephanie Trotter added: 
 
“We are grateful to those who have helped us over the years especially CO poisoning victims and their families. We would like to thank Roland Johns for devising and teaching the gas engineer training course about CO, and artist and CO victim John O’Leary who drew the illustrations for the course.”
 
Entries for the 2017 GDN CO School Safety Competition close on Friday 5 May – the GDNs are looking for creative competition entries from primary school students in any form of media, such as cartoons, videos, models, short stories or poems that are informative and accurate in warning of the dangers of CO poisoning. 
 
Further competition details and Terms & Conditions can be found via http://bit.ly/COSchoolSafetyComp 
 
ENDS
 
Notes to editors
 
Energy Networks Association (ENA)
ENA is the voice of the networks representing the ‘wires and pipes’ transmission and distribution network operators for gas and electricity in the UK and Ireland. www.energynetworks.org
 
CO-Gas Safety
CO-Gas Safety is an independent registered charity which works to try to reduce accidents from carbon monoxide poisoning and other gas dangers. www.co-gassafety.co.uk
 
Heating & Ventilation (H&V) News Awards
The H&V News Awards, now in their 23rd year, are an annual celebration of excellence, forward thinking and the highest achievements across the building services industry. https://awards.hvnplus.co.uk 
 
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Adrian McConnell
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