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Major Festivals Back CO Safety at Festivals Campaign

Major Festivals Back CO Safety at Festivals Campaign

22nd June 2017

Glastonbury 2017 and Festival Republic champion new initiative to reduce deadly effects of carbon monoxide poisoning from BBQs taken into tents.

As we are now in full Festival season, the All-Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group launches the CO Safety at Festivals campaign, highlighting the widespread risk of carbon monoxide poisoning at festivals to politicians and the government.

Melvin Benn, Founder of Festival Republic and Emily Eavis, co-organiser of Glastonbury Festival, the two largest festival organisers in the world, are championing the launch of an all-party initiative, to raise awareness of the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning from bringing a BBQ inside a tent or canopy, either to keep warm or to carry on cooking.

Melvin Benn, Founder of Festival Republic said, “Festival Republic is pleased to be supporting the All-Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group in its campaign to highlight the serious effects of carbon monoxide from BBQs at festivals like ours. While we take as many precautions as we can, many of our festivals have to contend with the great British weather, especially when the heavens open, and our festival goers may well bring their BBQs inside of their tents to keep warm or carry on with their barbequing. We are looking forward to seeing this danger recognised more widely, especially in Parliament.”

On the eve of the opening of Glastonbury 2017, Emily Eavis, co-organiser of Glastonbury Festival said, “The Glastonbury Festival team are really happy to support the APPCOG CO Safety at Festivals campaign. We want all of our festival goers to have an amazing experience but want them to stay safe! By highlighting the dangers of bringing a BBQ into a tent, either to keep warm or to carry on cooking, we hope that people will leave the BBQ outside and have a happy and healthy Glastonbury 2017.”

Barry Sheerman MP, Co-Chair of the APPCOG, said, “The All-Party Carbon Monoxide Group is delighted that the world’s two largest festival organisers are backing our campaign to raise awareness of CO poisoning from lit or cool BBQs in  tents. We want everyone at festivals this summer to have a great time and to not be affected by this silent killer, and to raise awareness of this issue to MPs and government who want to protect constituents.”

 

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 NOTES FOR EDITORS

This is the first year of the CO Safety at Festivals campaign and we hope to continue the campaign on an annual basis, including the caravan and boating fraternities and mobile caterers who are susceptible to CO exposure and its effects.

Barry Sheerman MP, APPCOG Co-Chair, is available for interview. Media should contact the APPCOG Manager: sara.abuzaid@ policyconnect.org.uk or tel.: 020 7202 8581.

The All-Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group (APPCOG) is the leading, cross-party forum for Parliamentarians to discover, discuss and promote ways of tackling carbon monoxide poisoning in the UK. The APPCOG is chaired by Barry Sheerman MP, Baroness Finlay of Llandaff and Baroness Maddock.

Carbon monoxide gas is commonly is produced when fuels such as gas, oil, coal and wood do not burn fully. Common sources in the home are from incorrectly installed, poorly maintained or incorrectly used carbon-fuel based appliances, such as boilers, gas and open, solid-fuel fires and cookers and outside of the home from BBQs. Other causes of carbon monoxide gas build-up include blocked flues and chimneys, and burning fuels – including in shisha pipes – in an unventilated space. Highly poisonous, tasteless and odourless, carbon monoxide can kill quickly with no warning. Every year thousands of people across England are diagnosed with carbon monoxide poisoning, with the Department of Health estimating annual figures of some 4000 people visiting A&E departments, 200 hospitalisations and around 50 deaths in England and Wales (NHS.)