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Government Updates Travel Advice Following APPCOG Panel Discussion

Government Updates Travel Advice Following APPCOG Panel Discussion

8th July 2016

Following a panel discussion held by the All-Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group (APPCOG) and the office of David Burrowes MP, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) have updated their travel advice to Britons going to China, to signpost the CO Be Alarmed campaign.

Francesca Dingley lost her life to carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning in February 2015, whilst living and working in Chengdu, China. Following this tragedy, David Burrowes, the MP for South Enfield, where Francesca’s family lives, got in contact with the APPCOG to raise awareness and take action on the issue of keeping Britons abroad safe from CO.  Many issues were raised at the event, including where responsibility for safety lies, how to get information about CO to travellers and the provision of advice by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Subsequently, David wrote to the FCO to ask that they include more information about carbon monoxide poisoning on their China travel advice website. It has subsequently been updated to read as follows: “There have been incidences of carbon monoxide poisoning due to incorrectly installed gas equipment. One incident caused the death of a British national. If you live in China, make sure your home has a working carbon monoxide alarm. The ‘Be Alarmed’ campaign gives practical advice on how to stay safe, and lists the symptoms to look out for.” The APPCOG welcomes the update, and will continue to work with parliamentarians and Government departments including the FCO to further raise awareness of CO risks.   To read more about the event, please click here.  To read more about the CO Be Alarmed campaign, please click here.