CO Summer Safety – Latest bulletin from APPCOG (All Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group)

Focus this week:


Campsite risks + signs & symptoms

Pack An Alarm – CO-Gas Safety advises an alarm to EN 50291 bought direct from reputable supplier e.g. supermarket or DIY store – more reliable than the Internet.  Please don’t forget to get them out of the box and set them up – some need a tab pulled to get the batteries connected.


Last week’s Top Tweet


eBay will stop selling black spot CO detectors:

Dates to note:


It is now the school holidays for the UK


23 July – 1 August is Love Parks Week!


Key Assets:


BBQ safety: COS4S21 Asset Kit > Social Media > COS4S – Barbecue Posts


Alarms: COS4S21 Asset Kit > Social Media > COS4S – Product Social Posts


COS4S ‘Out of Home’: COS4S21 Asset Kit > Factsheets


Media since last update:


Gas Engineer Mag: “eBay to halt sales of ‘black spot’ CO detectors”


England, Cumbria: “Person taken to hospital after carbon monoxide detected in Whitehaven house”:


USA, Boston: “A Lynnfield apartment building was evacuated due to high levels of carbon monoxide Friday night”:


Morocco: “Eid Al-Adha: Health Ministry Warns Against Carbon Monoxide Poisoning”:


Broken Arrow family raising carbon monoxide poisoning awareness following son’s death on boat:


Safe Boating campaign page:


USA, Iowa: “Department of Natural Resources is asking boaters to be aware of carbon monoxide poisoning while on the water”


Campaign Support (new orgs only):


Public Health Wales:


Lake District Foundation:


FireBlitz & FireHawk:


Safe Lincs:


Edu Begins at Home:


Binley Fire Station:


Project Shout:





Hashtags and accounts to tag:




#Camping #Campsite #Tent #Caravan

#Summer #Holiday


Love Parks Week: #LoveParks, #ProtectParks, #RespectParks









Jersey Maritime Safety Week features CO-Gas Safety competition and a new podcast highlighting CO dangers on boats

To mark Maritime Safety Week 2021, which was 5-10th July, Jersey Coastguard staff shared informative videos on the Ports of Jersey’s inaugural podcast channel. They featured three episodes highlighting maritime safety, including an interview with Jersey resident Margaret Jeffery – whose husband died of carbon-monoxide poisoning on board his boat in Jersey in 2017.  We were delighted that our own President, Stephanie Trotter, was also invited to contribute to this podcast, as well as Chris Robinson from Jersey Coastguard.

Margaret kindly supports CO-Gas Safety and allowed us to share his story as one of our case studies, which can be found here

The Ports of Jersey podcast can be found here:

Other Jersey Maritime Safety Week events included a two-day public roadshow to highlight a series of sea-safety messages.  the harbour authorities and many others in Jersey are also kindly featuring a competition that CO-Gas Safety have launched for Jersey Young People aged 5-18 years old, details of which can be found here

Carbon Monoxide Safe 4 Summer Campaign!

This is week three of the #CarbonMonoxideSafe4Summer campaign!


A special thank you to Barry Sheerman MP for launching the campaign and sharing excellent coverage!


Thank so much to all those who have been supporting us on social media. There has been some excellent campaign recognition this week, the APPCOG was delighted to see #CarbonMonoxideSafe4Summer supported by Visit England Biz, the National Care Association and various camping and tourist organisations. This is down to the hard work of all those sharing messages and taking part in supporting activities – let’s keep up the good work!


Please keep using the hashtag #CarbonMonoxideSafe4Summer and tagging @APPCOG_UK so we can maximise our impact.


You can download the full Asset Kit here:


*NB – on Twitter re-tweets help the campaign more than ‘likes’, this expands the reach of the post so we can engage with more people and organisations. If you are happy to re-tweet please do so!


Focus this week:


  1. CO risks: BBQs – safe use, both LPG and solid fuel
  2. Boat Safety


Dates to note:


25th National BBQ Week from 5 – 18 July (*please note revised date)


July is ‘Boating Safety Month’ with the National Carbon Monoxide Awareness Association @NCOAA


Key Assets:




Media since last week:


Barry Sheerman MP’s page, proudly launching the campaign:


Disney Star Olivia Rodrigo Recounts Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Experience:


Recent incidents

USA – Freeport: Four people hospitalised, a carbon monoxide detector found levels as high as 675 parts per million in one area of the hotel: “If you have a (carbon monoxide) emergency, that needs to be a 911 call”


USA – Cleveland: Two men and a boy died from carbon monoxide poisoning aboard a boat on Lake Erie Wednesday evening. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control says that gas-powered boats and larger vessels with generators pose a potential carbon monoxide threat to passengers if not carefully vented.


Stakeholder/other comms


The Federation of British Chimney Sweeps (FBCS) in association with APICS joins #CarbonMonoxideSafe4Summer campaign launch:


James the Sweep:


Camping & Caravanning Club:


Thank you all!


Canterbury Medical Practice Advice:


Summer CO Advice in Canada:







#NationalBBQWeek (also #NBQW #NBBQW) @NationalBBQWeek




#BoatingSafety @NCOAA




Last Week’s Top Tweet:

Safety Tips Poster: