Primary schools across West Lancashire are being encouraged to take part in a national competition to raise awareness of the dangers of Carbon Monoxide poisoning. West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is writing to local schools to encourage them to take part.
The competition, organised by local gas network Cadent, is designed to teach children about the dangers of Carbon Monoxide and to help keep them 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.
Urging local schools to take part Rosie Cooper MP said:
“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 hope many schools across West Lancashire take 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”
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-competition
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 £178 million per annum.