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As we prepare for the summer holidays rising numbers of us are ditching hotels and resorts for accommodation from private rental websites such as Owners' Direct and AirBnB.
Our recent research project has shown that most of us aren't prepared when it comes to avoiding the risk of poisoning at privately rented holiday accommodation.
Phil Clarke, Head of Gas Operations for National Grid’s London Network, said: “Carbon Monoxide poisoning can be fatal and every year we hear of tragedies that could easily have been avoided.
“Our 'Take it With You' campaign urges holidaymakers to take a small, simple CO alarm with them as a life-saving precaution. Most people are not gas safety experts so the best advice is that they take a CO alarm with them.”
Our campaign is being supported by the parents of Francesca Dingley, a 22-year-old Bristol University graduate from Surrey who died while on a gap year teaching English in China as a result of carbon monoxide leaking from a faulty boiler.
Francesca’s father Mark Dingley observed that: “Like many other people these days, I use Owners Direct or AirBNB to book holiday apartments. I have no idea what safety checks have been carried out on these places. And this includes the UK.
“Taking a CO detector is now an essential travel item for me, my family and our friends but only since what happened to Francesca.”
Known as the ‘silent killer’ carbon monoxide poisoning kills over 50 people a year in the UK with 4,000 attending hospital with carbon monoxide symptoms. A carbon monoxide detector costs as little as £15 and can easily be transported to holiday or temporary accommodation.
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