Adam Bannister

Editor, IFSEC Global

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Adam Bannister is editor of IFSEC Global. A former managing editor at Dynamis Online Media Group, he has been at the helm of the UK's leading fire and security publication since 2014.
October 2, 2019

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Aico alerts general public to carbon monoxide dangers

Left to right: Marketing executive Deryn Ellis-Thomas and regional specification managers Tony Cubitt and Chloe Vickery

The deadly threat posed by carbon monoxide was the focus of a recent educational UK tour by life safety specialist Aico.

Supporting Gas Safety Week (16-22 September) the supplier of carbon monoxide alarms took its mobile demonstration unit to five locations around the country to alert the general public to the dangers posed by the invisible, odourless, yet deadly gas.

The tour was part of Aico’s ‘Why Would You Risk It?’ campaign, launched in March 2019 to raise awareness and help people protect themselves from what has been dubbed the ‘silent killer’.

Aico, which supplies a range of smoke, heat, fire and carbon monoxide alarms and accessories, has also produced a pocket-sized guide to carbon monoxide awareness and three short animated infographics to support the campaign.

Every year 4,000 people are treated at A&E for carbon monoxide poisoning, whose symptoms are readily confused with a bout of the flu.

“It is great Aico are supporting Gas Safety Week 2019, raising awareness in the community and showing how important it is to fit a carbon monoxide alarm within a property,” said Steven Mwangi from Luton, who attended one leg of Aico’s tour.

“We are proud to be supporting Gas Safety Week raising the profile and awareness of gas safety,” said Neal Hooper, managing director of Aico. “Aico are dedicated to providing high quality products to create safer communities and education is key to this mission.”

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