Parents Spend Over £200 on Safety Equipment Yet a Third Don’t Have a Life-Saving Alarm

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On average, UK parents spend £222 on safety features for their children  

Protect your family by following the ABC guide – Do you have an Alarm fitted? Have you tested it and are the Batteries working? Have you had an up to date gas Check?

New research for the Carbon Monoxide Be-Alarmed! campaign released today reveals a staggering third of parents (33 percent) admit they do not have a carbon monoxide alarm in their home and those with children under twelve months were found to be the least likely to have one (42 percent).

The poll also revealed that on average, UK parents spend £222 on safety features for their children, with parents almost twice as likely (78 percent) to buy a car seat, than a CO alarm. Stairgates (74 percent), baby monitors (68 percent), plug covers (56 percent), cupboard and draw locks (51 percent) and smoke alarms (51 percent) all came above CO alarms (42 percent) in the list of ‘must have’ safety items*.

The research found that 91 percent of those polled said that they had a smoke alarm before they had any children, compared to 55 percent who owned a carbon monoxide alarm.

Over 50 people die each year from carbon monoxide poisoning and another 4,000 are treated in hospital. Carbon monoxide poisoning can affect people before they are aware that there is a problem so a CO alarm can be life-saving.  Co Be-Alarmed! campaign urges people to follow the simple ABC checklist – Do you have an Alarm fitted? Have you tested it and are the Batteries working? Have you had an up to date gas Check?

Anna Whitehouse founder of Mother Pukka, one of the UK’s most influential parenting vloggers is backing the CO Be Alarmed! campaign. Anna comments: “I’m a mum and my family are my priority.  With a new arrival on the way, we’ve thought about nothing else other than all the safety features we need to buy again and I’ve been writing so many lists about the things we need to buy from eco wipes to a fancy new car seat.  As any new parent knows, life gets turned upside down and that’s why it’s so, so important to get your safety features sorted early on and make sure your home is fitted with a CO alarm.  When you’re making your lists, make sure a carbon monoxide alarm is on there.”

Lawrence Slade, CO Be Alarmed! spokesperson, said: “Carbon monoxide is known as the silent killer because you cannot see it, taste it or smell it so an alarm can be life-saving. Protect yourself and your family from this silent killer by getting an alarm today.”
For more information about how to stay safe, visit www.co-bealarmed.co.uk.

* Top 10 safety features parents buy for their youngest child

1. Car seats (78%)
2. Stairgate (74%)
3. Baby monitor (68%)
4. Plug covers (56%)
5. Cupboards and draw locks (51%)
6. Smoke Alarm (51%)
7. Carbon Monoxide Alarm (42%)
8. Bed Rails (41%)
9. Room Thermometer (36%)
10. Window Locks (35%)

(1) CO Be Alarmed! is the national campaign to reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by carbon monoxide. Since 2008, the campaign has encouraged people to install carbon monoxide alarms in their homes. The Carbon Monoxide – Be Alarmed! campaign is run by Energy UK. To find out more about the campaign you can visit www.co-bealarmed.co.uk (2) The research for Carbon Monoxide Be Alarmed! was carried out by Censuswide between 10.02.2017 and 17.01.2017 among 1,000 parents with children aged between newborn to 18 years old, across the United Kingdom   (3) Carbon monoxide is produced when fuels such as gas, oil, charcoal, coal and wood do not burn completely. The most common cause of this is when an appliance, such as a boiler or cooker, is installed incorrectly or poorly maintained. Carbon monoxide can also build up when flues, chimneys or vents are blocked