CO ANGELS MARK THEIR FIRST ANNIVERSARY AFTER LAUNCHING IN PARLIAMENT IN 2010
Win one of 20 carbon monoxide alarms with CO Angels until the end of December
On their first anniversary, the carbon monoxide awareness group CO Angels, mark this milestone by launching their new-look website to invite people to join their new campaign aiming to get 10 million audible carbon monoxide alarms in homes by 2020.
Stacey Rodgers, Vikki Courtman and Melissa Matthews formed the awareness group after each losing a loved one to the silent killer: carbon monoxide poisoning. After launching in parliament a year ago, the trio, known as the CO Angels have appeared on national television, numerous radio stations around the country as well as local and national press.
Their aim is simple: they want everyone to have a carbon monoxide alarm installed in their home so the same tragedy which happened to them, does not happen to anyone else. Although each worked on prior to creating CO Angels, since joining forces they have given away hundreds of carbon monoxide alarms and raised awareness of the dangers carbon monoxide poses to health.
The CO Angels said: “We are extremely proud of each other to have got this far with our campaigning and the future years will focus on our 10 by 20 campaign of getting 10 million alarms in homes by 2020.”
Stacey’s awoke one morning to find her 10-year-old son Dominic dead in his bed after carbon monoxide poisoning from next door crept into their apartment. “That morning was the scariest thing I have been through; I didn’t know what had happened to Dominic. I was angry and blamed myself for his death.
“I didn’t know anything about carbon monoxide so I started to research it and within days realised this was something other people should know about.”
Vikki’s boyfriend Bob died of carbon monoxide which resulted from poor maintenance work to a chimney. Vikki said: “After months of toxicology tests, investigations on the boiler and investigations into the work on the chimney – it was confirmed Bob died due to negligence on the part of the builder, who had blocked the flue due to negligence. This prevented the exit of carbon monoxide from Bob’s house meaning it eventually poisoned him in his bed.”
Melissa’s brother Tony was found in his bed after being poisoned from carbon monoxide from a faulty gas grill in his home. Melissa said: “My brother was a fantastic person and had so many friends. When we found out he had died it was a huge shock. We all miss him a lot and wish he was still here with us.”
The CO Angels formed after sharing their experiences with each other and found they had a common goal of making other people aware of the dangers of this deadly gas. United in their campaign and as a result of their own experiences, the CO Angels are urging mothers, girlfriends and sisters to buy an audible carbon monoxide alarm for their own homes and flag the importance of installing an alarm to their loved ones.
CO Angels said: “If there is one thing we wish for, it’s just one minute with our loved ones again. Sadly that is never going to happen and that breaks our hearts, but we want to use our experiences for the greater good of letting people know that they should have an audible carbon monoxide alarm in their homes. It’s the one thing we all wish our loved ones had because it means they would still be here today.”
Sprue Safety Products supports the work of the CO Angels with it’s FireAngel brand of CO alarms. These alarms are really simple to fit, so installing something that constantly monitors the environment within the home will provide the vital early warning of carbon monoxide in the air before the danger reaches a life-threatening level.
Nick Rutter from Sprue Safety Products added, “The dangers of CO poisoning are still largely unrecognised by members of the public, meaning not enough is being done to prevent it. We fully support the fantastic work the CO Angels are doing to increase the awareness of the risks and highlight to each other how easily a CO alarm can be fitted to prevent dangerous or even tragic circumstances from occurring.”
Find out more about the CO Angels and their 10 by 20 campaign by visiting: www.co-angels.co.uk
For more information about the FireAngel range of CO alarms available, visit FireAngel at www.fireangel.co.uk.
*To be in with the chance of winning a carbon monoxide alarm with CO Angels, make a pledge on their website (www.co-angels.co.uk) or ‘like’ their Facebook page before the end of December.*
FireAngel has kindly donated a number of alarms for this giveaway.
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