The Government has launched the first Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week in Ireland (24-30th September). Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week is an initiative being introduced by organisations active in energy and related industries with a view to educating the public about the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning. A major part of the campaign will focus on preventative measures that the public can implement to considerably reduce the danger levels.
An average of six people in Ireland die every year from accidental CO poisoning according to figures compiled by the HSE. CO is poisonous, colourless and odourless. It is produced when carbon-based fuels such as oil, gas, wood or coal do not have enough oxygen to burn completely.
According to Minister for Energy, Pat Rabbitte TD: “In spite of several excellent media campaigns mounted by Bord Gais over the years we continue to experience, on an annual basis, awful tragedies due to the insidious nature of carbon monoxide. We clearly need to do more. And we are: I fervently believe that the many activities associated with this the first Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week in this country will raise awareness and save lives.”
Further information on Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week is available on www.carbonmonoxide.ie.