Carbon Monoxide – 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 on behalf of British Gas, EDF Energy, E.ON, npower, ScottishPower and SSE, in partnership with the Dominic Rodgers Trust. It is supported by a wide range of charities and other organisations.

What is carbon monoxide poisoning?

The six main symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are:

  •     Headaches
  •     Dizziness
  •     Nausea
  •     Breathlessness
  •     Collapse
  •     Loss of consciousness

Carbon monoxide poisoning can affect people’s mental ability before they are aware that there is a problem. Any effort that increases the body’s need for oxygen only makes the problem worse, rapidly leading to collapse and potentially death. Find out more about the symptoms at our know the signs page.

About the CO Be Alarmed campaign

Too many people in the UK die needlessly or become seriously ill because of carbon monoxide poisoning. According to the Department of Health, 50 people die each year from carbon monoxide poisoning and another 4,000 are treated in hospital. However, the true number is likely to be much higher as the early symptoms can easily be mistaken for flu or tiredness.

The effects of carbon monoxide poisoning can be devastating, yet it is easily preventable. The easiest way to protect yourself and your family is by getting an alarm that makes a loud noise when the gas is present.

Research carried out for this campaign has found that almost two thirds of people in Great Britain are putting themselves at risk because they don’t have a carbon monoxide alarm.