UK schools encouraged to get creative in promoting carbon monoxide awareness

For immediate release – Wednesday 11 January 2017

UK schools encouraged to get creative in promoting carbon monoxide awareness

The companies which are responsible for running the gas networks across Great Britain have launched their annual school safety competition to raise awareness of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

The Gas Distribution Networks (GDN’s) National Grid Distribution, Northern Gas Networks, SGN and Wales & West Utilities are looking for entries from students in any form of media, such as eye-catching cartoons, videos, models, short stories or poems that are informative and accurate in warning of the dangers of CO poisoning.   

Phil Burrows, Chair of the GDN CO Best Practice Group said:

“All the GDN’s are committed to raising awareness of CO and are pleased to launch the school safety competition for 2017 – a key activity in highlighting the dangers of CO poisoning in schools, homes and workplaces across Great Britain.

“Each year the GDN’s are further impressed by the level of understanding and creativity that goes into making the competition entries and are encouraged the CO safety message reaches not only the students, but to their friends and families in the community as well.”

The competition will run on a regional level by each GDN and is open to students in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 (ages 5 – 11) across Great Britain. Winners from each region will be invited to a special award ceremony to be held at the Palace of Westminster in London, where the national winner will be announced. All winners will receive a prize for themselves and for their school.

First launched in 2007, the competition was founded and run for many years by charity CO-Gas Safety in partnership with the GDN’s, but this year the GDN’s have taken over the running of the competition.

Key Information:

Key Dates:

Competition launches: Wednesday 11 January 2017

Closing date for entries: Friday 5 May 2017

Local judging: Monday 15 May – Monday 29 May 2017

National judging: Monday 29 May – Monday 12 June 2017

Prize Giving Event in the Palace of Westminster, London: (Date TBC) June 2017

For queries, please email: [email protected]


Notes to editors

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. 

For further information please contact:

Adrian McConnell

Gas Safety & Policy Manager

Energy Networks Association

Direct Email: [email protected]

T: +44 (0)207 706 5111

M: +44 (0)7792 219 649


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