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The Carbon Monoxide 'Be Alarmed!' Campaign

The Carbon Monoxide 'Be Alarmed!' Campaign

21st March 2017

Carbon Monoxide – Be Alarmed! is the national campaign to reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by carbon monoxide. Since 2008, the campaign has encouraged people to install carbon monoxide alarms in their homes.

According to the Department of Health, 50 people die each year from carbon monoxide poisoning and another 4,000 are treated in hospital. This campaign ensures every household has an audible Carbon Monoxide alarm and people have their boiler serviced annually by a registered and qualified engineer.

Commissioned research found that:

  •        Over half of the UK's population is at risk from CO poisoning
  •        Almost 27 million people in the UK don’t have a carbon monoxide alarm in their home
  •        Londoners are the least likely to be protected with two thirds not having a life-saving alarm

The campaign this year also undertook research into safety features bought by parents, finding that parents spend over 200 pounds on safety equipment, yet a third don't have a CO alarm.



The Carbon Monoxide – Be Alarmed! campaign is run by Energy UK on behalf of British Gas, EDF Energy, E.ON, npower, ScottishPower and SSE, in partnership with the Dominic Rodgers Trust. It is supported by a wide range of charities and other organisations.


How to protect yourself against CO poisoning

Carbon monoxide poisoning can affect people’s mental ability before they are aware that there is a problem. Any effort that increases the body’s need for oxygen only makes the problem worse, leading to collapse and potentially death. Find out more about the symptoms at their 'know the signs' page.

The six main symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are:

  •     Headaches
  •     Dizziness
  •     Nausea
  •     Breathlessness
  •     Collapse
  •     Loss of consciousness

The effects of carbon monoxide poisoning can be devastating, yet it is easily preventable. The easiest way to protect yourself and your family is by getting an alarm that makes a loud noise when the gas is present.

Protect yourself and your family by following the ABC guide

A - Do you have an Alarm fitted?

B - Have you tested it and are the Batteries working?

C - Have you had an up to date gas Check?



As well as installing an audible CO alarm, make sure ventilation isn't blocked, familiarise yourself with the signs of CO poisoning, and regularly service your appliances. See more on how to stay safe here.


Campaign coverage in 2017

The campaign has spread its reach over both digital and print media - coverage includes stories in the i and the Daily Mirror, radio interviews with outlets including Sky News Radio, and varied social media activity over Facebook and Instagram.

Find the Daily Mirror article here.

Find the campaign's mention by mum & vlogger 'Mother Pukka' here.

Find a collaboration with parenting forum Mumsnet here.


Parliamentary launch

The 2017 campaign will be launched in Parliament with a drop-in session in the Thames Pavilion, 4-6pm, on March 29th.

A photographer will be on-hand at the drop-in session to produce photographs for attendees' local media or social media accounts. A limited number of free CO alarms will also be given away.

Find out more on


Twitter: @COBeAlarmed