Steve McCabe MP calls on Government to prevent Carbon Monoxide deaths

Steve McCabe MP (Labour, Birmingham Selly Oak) last week endorsed a report from the All-Party Parlia
The policy research report was published Monday 31st October 2011. The launch at the House of Commons was attended by parliamentarians, senior civil servants and industry officials.
As many as 4,000 people are diagnosed with low-level carbon monoxide exposure every year, whilst 50 victims sadly lose their lives. In response to these figures, the report outlined a number of key recommendations in a bid to end fatalities, including a requirement that mortgage providers and estate agents provide a gas safety certificate to prospective buyers/occupants; that key NHS staff be trained to recognize the symptoms of the condition, with students and those living in short lease properties identified as the most vulnerable and that all Gas Industry officials be armed with carbon monoxide alarms.
The report also recommended that the Government review and update the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998.
Steve said “50 fatalities as a result of such an easily preventable illness is 50 too many as far as I’m concerned.
“I commend the work undertaken by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Gas Safety and wholeheartedly endorse these recommendations.
“I will do all I can to support the work of my colleagues in a bid to increase awareness of the condition and prevent fatalities”.
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