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    House of Lords questions: Housing: Carbon Monoxide Monitoring

    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".

    Watch the debate here, read the transcript, or click here to find out more about the new requirements

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    Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week sees Thomas Cook campaign announcement

    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'.

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    UK media react to independent review on Thomas Cook

    An independent review into Thomas Cook's crisis management following the deaths of Bobby and Christi Shepherd has received extensive coverage in the UK media.  

    The review found that approaches to the family of following the tragic deaths were "sometimes ill-timed and often ill-judged", and that parts of the company put "financial priorities ahead of customers' needs".
    Mary Creagh, MP for Wakefield, has since stated that the report represented a "damning assessment" of the company's treatment of the family. 
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    Private rented sector regulations (England) come into force

    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.

    To read a copy of Baroness Finlay's speech on the regulations in Parliament, please click here, or click here for the government release.

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    Parliamentary debates on private rented sector regulations

    The upcoming smoke and carbon monoxide alarm requirements on private rented housing have been discussed in both Houses of Parliament.

    APPCOG co-Chair Baroness Finlay of Llandaff led questioning within the Lords Grand Committee on 7th September, Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods MP led questioning during the Delegated Legislation Committee Commons stage on 14th September, and a wider Lords debate also took place on 14th September.

    Links: first Lords debate video here (transcript link), Commons debate video here (transcript link), and the second Lords debate video here (transcript link).

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    Gas Safety Week 2015 launched in Parliament

    Gas Safety Week 2015 was launched in Parliament on Wednesday 9th September. 

    The launch was hosted by Sir David Amess MP, and included an address by Barry Sheerman MP (pictured), Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group. 

    Parliamentarians have recorded video messages of support for Gas Safety Week, please click here to watch. Additionally, an Early Day Motion, and a Scottish Parliament Motion, have been tabled.

    Please follow @GasSafetyWeek on Twitter for the latest events and updates.

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    Mary Creagh MP leads Carbon Monoxide Debate

    The deaths of two children killed by carbon monoxide poisoning while on holiday in Corfu were debated in Parliament on July 14th.
    Christi and Bobby Shepherd, were 'unlawfully killed' by fumes from a faulty boiler in a Thomas Cook bungalow in 2006.
    Wakefield MP Mary Creagh secured an adjournment debate to call for a Europe-wide campaign to improve CO safety.
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    Loose Women: Say No to CO

    The Loose Women presenters have teamed up with Sharon Wood to launch a campaign to raise awareness of the importance of alarms.

    The “Say No To CO” campaign launched on the 30th June episode of the ITV show, on which Wood spoke about her two children, Christi and Bobby, who were killed by carbon monoxide in October 2006 while on holiday in Corfu.
    Loose Women has given away 3,000 carbon monoxide alarms as part of the campaign.
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    Carbon Monoxide: From Awareness to Action

    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. 

    The report is available to download and view here. Please contact us to request a hard copy.

    Follow the APPCOG on twitter (@APPCOG_UK).

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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.