‘Beware of the silent killer’: Leigh MP Andy Burnham warns of carbon monoxide poisoning danger this summer

By Neil Robertson

Leigh MP Andy Burnham has warned people across Greater Manchester to be on the look for a silent killer this summer – carbon monoxide poisoning.

Mr Burnham, the shadow health secretary, has warned that summertime recreational equipment, such as charcoal BBQs, can produce lethal levels of the deadly gas.

And the message from him is very clear – never to take a barbecue into a tent, caravan or motorhome.

“It’s vital that people take the necessary precautions to avoid the tragic loss of life that can occur from carbon monoxide poisoning in the summer months,” he said.

“Never make the mistake of thinking that CO poisoning is a winter-only issue. It isn’t. 

“If you’re camping or picnicking this summer, the message is simple – follow the safety measures and protect your family.”

He has also outlined the danger of running a gas powered generator inside a caravan, motorhome, tent or awning.

Mr Burnham’s call is part of a new national campaign urging people to be aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning this summer.

The campaign is being organised by the All-Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group, a group working to prevent CO deaths in the UK.

This group provides a forum for Parliamentarians, energy industry representatives and other key stakeholders to discuss carbon monoxide poisoning in relation to all fuels.

Carbon monoxide is a colourless, odourless gas – often dubbed the ‘silent killer’ – and can kill quickly if inhaled in high concentrations.

The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are similar to flu or food poisoning, and include headaches, nausea and dizziness.

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