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NOW CLOSED How much do you know about the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning? Talk to Sprue Safety Products - you could win a £150 voucher

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KatieBMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 28-May-12 11:14:01

The makers of FireAngel carbon monoxide alarms, (Sprue Safety Products), would like to find out how aware Mumsnetters are of the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. It's a topic you may know a lot or a little about.

They say "With the Jubilee celebrations and half term break coming up, we expect that many families will be heading off to enjoy an extended bank holiday - either under canvas, in a caravan or in other self catering accommodation. The recent tragic death of a teenage girl on a campsite in Shropshire has raised the profile of carbon monoxide poisoning - but we are interested to know whether parents understand the potentially fatal dangers of bringing a barbecue inside a tent or the risks that a faulty boiler poses?"

Sprue Safety Products is hoping to raise awareness of this issue with this thread and to generate discussion about how parents treat holiday accommodation (and how aware you are of CO safety in your own home). So please have a read of the questions below and a think about this topic and share your thoughts, stories and experiences.


How aware are you of the dangers of CO poisoning?
Do you take any precautions to prevent CO poisoning in your own home?
How about on holiday, do you take the same level of care in tents/caravans/self catering accommodation as you do in your own home? Do you have some kind of safety checklist?
If so, what steps do you take towards protecting you and your family from CO poisoning?

They would also like to find out your level of knowledge about the effects of CO poisoning:

What do you think the signs of CO poisoning are?
Would you be able to recognise these signs?
Would you/do you take a CO alarm on holiday with you?

And also about education for families of this topic:
Would you like more information on how to prevent CO poisoning in your own home or when on holiday?
What information would you like and how would you like this information to be available?


Everyone who adds their comments to this thread will be entered into a prize draw where one winner will receive a £150 Amazon voucher, and 5 runners up will receive a portable, 7 year life FireAngel CO-9X carbon monoxide alarm.

More information on the dangers of CO poisoning and how to prevent it can be found here.

Thanks and good luck with the prize draw.

MNHQ

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(A message from Sprue Safety Products, added later in the thread and reposted here for clarity)

"Thank you all for taking part in this discussion and sharing your knowledge of carbon monoxide - and the alarming experiences some of you have had.

We would like to make it absolutely clear that in no way are we saying it is safe to burn anything inside a tent, as long as you have a carbon monoxide alarm. It is not. This discussion is designed to find out how aware mumsnetters are of the potentially fatal dangers of CO in any accommodation.

A barbecue should NEVER be taken inside a tent, awning, caravan or motorhome. A warm, smouldering barbecue will give off poisonous CO, which can kill quickly and without warning, as it has no smell or taste. And NEVER place a lit barbecue near the sleeping area outside your tent/awning."

PepeLePew Mon 04-Jun-12 17:14:41

How aware are you of the dangers of CO poisoning?

Reasonably aware. I think.

Do you take any precautions to prevent CO poisoning in your own home?

We have a CO alarm, and get our gas boiler and fire serviced each year.

How about on holiday, do you take the same level of care in tents/caravans/self catering accommodation as you do in your own home? Do you have some kind of safety checklist?

I've never thought of this.

If so, what steps do you take towards protecting you and your family from CO poisoning?

None

They would also like to find out your level of knowledge about the effects of CO poisoning:

What do you think the signs of CO poisoning are?

Nausea, tiredness

Would you be able to recognise these signs?

I don't know if I would assume that was what the problem was

Would you/do you take a CO alarm on holiday with you?

I don't. I might if I had a portable one

And also about education for families of this topic:
Would you like more information on how to prevent CO poisoning in your own home or when on holiday?

Yes

What information would you like and how would you like this information to be available?

An app would be useful

FurCough Wed 06-Jun-12 08:29:21

How aware are you of the dangers of CO poisoning?
Fairly aware. There was a death in our community a few years ago and it prompted me to get more clued up. Sad that it took that though.

Do you take any precautions to prevent CO poisoning in your own home?
Our rented house had an alarm installed which the engineer tests once a year.

How about on holiday, do you take the same level of care in tents/caravans/self catering accommodation as you do in your own home? Do you have some kind of safety checklist?
We stayed in a caravan last year that had an alarm intalled. No actual 'checklist'

If so, what steps do you take towards protecting you and your family from CO poisoning?
We're camping this year and have a portable alarm to take, after hearing the reports of recent poisoning incidents.

What do you think the signs of CO poisoning are?
Headaches, sleepiness, nausea?

Would you be able to recognise these signs?
Not sure. Might mistake them for flu / hangover etc.

Would you/do you take a CO alarm on holiday with you?
Yes, but we're getting conflicting advice. The Caravan Club (i think it was them) released some guidelines saying that household alarms were not as effective in tents, but didn't expand on what would work instead.

Would you like more information on how to prevent CO poisoning in your own home or when on holiday?
Yes.

What information would you like and how would you like this information to be available?
In tenant information packs, holiday welcome packs etc as well as online.

KatieBMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 06-Jun-12 10:23:43

Thanks to everyone who has taken part in this discussion, the winners of the prize draw are:
£150 Amazon voucher: Pozzled
FireAngel CO-9X carbon monoxide alarm:
sis
deepfriedcupcake
DazR
RickGhastley
ZuzuBailey

Congratulations - I'll PM you all to get your details.

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