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Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week Irelandʼs fifth annual Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week takes place from 26th September to 2nd October 2016.

new or replacement boilers, fires, heaters and stoves are installed. Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week is a public safety i n i t i a t i v e supported by organisations across the energy sector and related industries as well as safety and public health bodies including the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER), Gas Networks Ireland, Register of Gas Installers of Ireland (RGII), Oil Firing Technical Association (OFTEC), National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI), Health Service Executive, Health and Safety Authority, Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland, National Irish Safety Organisation, Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, Chief Fire Officersʼ Association and major Irish energy retailers.

Each year, the campaign aims to raise awareness of the dangers of carbon monoxide and highlight the measures that can be taken to prevent it. Carbon monoxide (CO), often known as the ʻsilent killerʼ, is colourless, odourless and can kill in less than three minutes. On average, six people die every year in Ireland as a result of unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning and many more are made ill. Carbon monoxide can be produced by any fuel when burned – coal, turf, oil, gas or even wood. And the fuels donʼt have to be burned for just cooking or heating purposes: Vehicles engines, generators or pumps for example, all produce carbon monoxide as will burning fuels for industrial processes.

Extensive advertising will run throughout the campaign including TV and radio promotions. Interviews with experts in the field and people who have been affected by carbon monoxide poisoning will also feature across the media. The Minister for Communications, Climate Action & Environment, Denis Naughten, T.D., is expected to launch the campaign in Dublin City centre on Monday 26th September. Tommy McAnairey, the animated ballad-singing canary created to drive awareness about carbon monoxide, will feature prominently in the campaign again this year. Keep an eye out for his activities throughout Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week!

Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week promotes a number of key preventative measures that can be put in place to reduce the risk of CO poisoning. These are:

Organisations that are interested in supporting the campaign can avail of free Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week posters, flyers and information leaflets for display and distribution to staff and customers. Please contact the Gas Networks Ireland contact centre on at networksinfo@gasnetworks.ie or on 1850 200 694 for more information.

1) Make sure to have your fuel burning appliances serviced annually by a Registered Gas Installer, registered OFTEC technician or qualified service technician for your fuel type; 2) Keep vents and flues clear and ensure chimneys are swept annually; 3) Install an audible carbon monoxide alarm where fuel burning appliances are used. In fact, building regulations now require that householders must install carbon monoxide alarms when most kinds of

For further information on Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week 2016, please visit www.carbonmonoxide.ie.

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