Amanda Milling MP encourages local schools to enter Carbon Monoxide awareness competition.

Amanda Milling MP encourages Cannock Chase schools to enter the national Carbon Monoxide awareness competition.

Primary Schools across Cannock Chase are being encouraged to take part in a national competition to raise awareness of the dangers of Carbon Monoxide poisoning. Cannock Chase MP, Amanda Milling, has written to local schools to encourage them to take part.

The competition, organised by local gas network Cadent, is designed to teach children about the dangers of Carbon Monoxide and to help them keep safe. The competition is looking for entries from children aged between 5 and 11, in any form of media, such as eye-catching cartoons, videos, models, short stories or poems that are informative and accurate in warning of the dangers of CO poisoning.

Health experts know that CO exposure leads to more than 30 people a year losing their lives and 200 people being admitted to hospital.  But it is not yet known how many undiagnosed cases return home, become ill again, or die from continued exposure to CO.

The experts believe these figures could be a gross underestimation and the actual cost to the NHS is likely to be much more than the current estimate of £178million per annum.

The winners will receive a prize for themselves and for their school, at an awards ceremony in the House of Commons in July.

Amanda Milling MP said: “Carbon Monoxide is the silent killer and this competition is a great way for children to learn about the dangers of Carbon Monoxide and how to keep safe. I want to see as many schools across Cannock Chase taking part, and I look forward to seeing the entries coming in.”

She added: “I am certain that our children’s entries will be the cream of the crop, and I am sure I will be joining some of our local winners at the awards ceremony in the Commons this summer!”

The competition is being run by Cadent, in conjunction with the Energy Networks Association and entries details can be found at www.cadentgas.com/co-safety-competition.