Margaret Ferrier MP (Rutherglen and West Hamilton) and Margaret Ritchie MP (South Down) have joined the All-Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group as Co-chairs.
Both MPs join our existing Chair and Co-chairs, raising the number of our parliamentary co-chairs to six.
Their election as co-chairs follows previous engagement in the group's activities: Ms Ferrier recorded a video message of support for Gas Safety Week 2015 (more info). Meanwhile, Ms Ritchie chaired an APPCOG panel discussion earlier this year looking at opportunities for campaigning on CO safety within the smart meter roll-out (more info).Read more
The Parliamentary launch of Gas Safety Week 2016 was held in Westminster on the 13 September.
Hosted by Barry Sheerman MP, Co-chair of the APPCOG, and featuring contributions from Baroness Finlay of Llandaff, the week aims to raise awareness on both the importance of regular appliance servicing, and the need for carbon monoxide alarms to be installed in the home.
A selection of video messages of support for the week can be viewed on the APPCOG Twitter page here.
The All-Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group (APPCOG) has hosted a panel discussion on CO risks faced by Britons travelling abroad.
Featuring testimony from Mark Dingley, whose daughter Francesca lost her life to CO poiosning whilst working in China in 2015, the discussion was chaired by David Burrowes MP, and additionally featured contributions from Angela Hills of the Association for British Travel Agents, and Leigh Greenham of the CO All Fuels Action Forum.
A full summary for the meeting can be viewed here.
On 25th April, the APPCOG hosted a panel discussion on carbon monoxide safety in the domestic environment.
The panel was chaired by All-Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group Co-Chair Barry Sheerman MP, and featured prominent members of the CO community. Panellists and audience members discussed progress made on recommendations made in the APPCOG’s 2015 Carbon Monoxide: From Awareness to Action report.
A summary of the panel discussion can be downloaded here.
Barry Sheerman MP, Co-chair of All-Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group, spoke at the dinner for the Association of Gas Safety Managers on the 25 February, 2016.
The Association of Gas Safety Managers is a membership organisation for all managers who are responsible for gas safety management within their organisation, including Housing Associations, Asset Management or facilities Management businesses, and contractors.
For more information on the association, please click here.
Peers discussed new requirements for carbon monoxide alarms in rented properties.
In a debate led by Conservative Peer Baroness Gardner of Parkes, questions on the government's role in raising awareness of the dangers, and new requirements, were put to the relevant Minister, Baroness Williams of Trafford.
APPCOG co-Chair Baroness Finlay also highlighted the need for "an ongoing public education campaign about the silent killer that is carbon monoxide".
Thomas Cook has launched the 'Safer Tourism Foundation' with a £1m donation to "fund research and raise awareness of travel risks, in particular the dangers of carbon monoxide", the Guardian and ITV News have reported.
At a conference hosted by Wakefield MP Mary Creagh, the holiday company's CEO Peter Fankhauser spoke alongside Sharon Wood, the mother of two children killed by a faulty boiler at a hotel booked through Thomas Cook.
Rosie Winterton MP has recorded a video message for the week, which is available to watch here.
CO Awareness week was coordinated by the charity 'CO Awareness'.
New requirements on private landlords in England to fit smoke and carbon monxide alarms have come into force.
From 1 October 2015, an installed carbon monoxide alarm is required in any room containing a solid fuel burning appliance (e.g. a coal fire, wood burning stove). The landlord must also make sure the alarms are in working order at the start of each new tenancy.Read more
The latest APPCOG report; 'Carbon Monoxide: From Awareness to Action', launched earlier this year.
Led by Baroness Finlay (APPCOG co-Chair) and Dr Rachel McCloy (Director of the Centre for Applied Behavioural Science, University of Reading), the report presents recommendations and analysis on improving safety in a range of environments.
Follow the APPCOG on twitter (@APPCOG_UK).Read more
The All-Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group (APPCOG) is the leading forum for Parliamentarians to discover, discuss and promote ways of tackling carbon monoxide poisoning in the UK.