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National Carbon Monoxide awareness competition for schools

Primary schools across NE Cambs are being encouraged to take part in a national competition to raise awareness of the dangers of Carbon Monoxide poisoning.

Primary schools across NE Cambs are being encouraged to take part in a national competition to raise awareness of the dangers of Carbon Monoxide poisoning.

The competition, organised by local gas network Cadent, is designed to teach children about the dangers of Carbon Monoxide and to help them to keep safe. The competition is looking for entries from children aged between 5 and 11, in any form of media, such as eye-catching cartoons, videos, models, short stories or poems that are informative and accurate in warning of the dangers of CO poisoning.  The winners will receive a prize for themselves and for their school, at an awards ceremony in the House of Commons in July.

The competition is being run by Cadent, in conjunction with the Energy Networks Association. Entries must be submitted in the form of a JPEG photograph or coloured scan or as a link/attachment (if entry is in video or digital form), and emailed along with the entrant’s name, age, school/organisation and postcode to: COSafetyCompetition@energynetworks.org (1 entry per entrant per email).  Please note that submissions received by other means will not be entered into the competition. Entries are required to be submitted by midnight Friday 10 May 2019. More information can be found at: www.cadentgas.com/co-safety-co...

Carbon Monoxide is the silent killer and this competition is a great way for children to learn about the dangers of Carbon Monoxide and how to keep safe.  I want to see as many schools across my constituency taking part, and look forward to seeing the entries coming in. 

I am certain that our children’s entries will be the cream of the crop, and I am sure I will be joining some of our local winners at the awards ceremony in the Commons this summer! 

Health experts know that CO exposure leads to more than 30 people a year losing their lives and 200 people being admitted to hospital.  But it is not yet known how many undiagnosed cases return home, become ill again, or die from continued exposure to CO. The experts believe these figures could be a gross underestimation and the actual cost to the NHS is likely to be much more than the current estimate of £178million per annum.

CO safety competition   leaflet for schools

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