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Rhoda Grant MSP Supports Carbon Monoxide Awareness week 18th – 24th November

19th November 2013

Highlands and Islands (Scottish Labour) MSP, Rhoda Grant the Shadow Minister for Wellbeing is supporting Carbon Monoxide Awareness week which takes places between the 18th -24th November.

Mrs Grant said,“Carbon Monoxide poisoning can have a devastating effect and the more people are made aware of the symptoms of exposure, especially at the initial stages, the more chance we have of preventing avoidable deaths or injuries. Those poisoned by just low levels of carbon monoxide go on to develop long term chronic health problems”

“It is incredibly important that we make more people aware of the risk of Carbon Monoxide poisoning to avoid tragic consequences such as those suffered by Lynn Griffiths and her family who were poisoned for over a decade.”

Lynn Griffiths, the founder of the Carbon Monoxide Awareness charity will launch the charity’s 8th National Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week at the House of Lords on Monday 18th November 2013.

The mother-of-four set up the charity, after she and her family suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning for over a decade.

“It is shocking that despite living in the ‘information age’ people still don't realise that carbon monoxide (CO) is a colourless, odourless highly toxic gas that is produced by the incomplete combustion of any hydrocarbon fuel e.g. coal, charcoal, wood, oil, petrol, diesel, natural gas and liquid petroleum gas (LPG). They still seem to believe that it's produced by just the incomplete combustion of "natural gas" and if they don't use natural gas or have a gas boiler they are totally safe. This just isn't true.

People can help protect themselves by making sure they and their families have all their fuel burning appliances serviced every year. Their chimney swept once or twice a year and by installing a carbon monoxide alarm in the “correct place” in their home, caravan or boat.

Due to lack of donations this year the charity finds it’s unable to take its message to many parts of the UK to help raise awareness about the dangers of carbon monoxide. Therefore Lynn is pleading to every individual, organization and businesses to pledge their support to the charity's 8th National Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week and help them reach more people.

Lynn Griffiths closing message - “Please don't let someone you know, love or someone working and living in YOUR community fall victim to this silent killer”.

See http://www.carbonmonoxidesafety.org.uk/

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