Education News | Youngsters Encouraged to get Creative in Promoting Carbon Monoxide Awareness | Andover & VillagesYoung potential Picassos and other budding creative types with an eye for safety are being invited to take part in an annual competition warning of the dangers of Carbon Monoxide (CO).

Open to all school children in key stages 1 and 2 (ages 5 to 11) the competition asks pupils to produce an eye-catching poster, cartoon, video, poem or entry in another medium which is both informative and accurate and warns of the dangers of CO poisoning and how to avoid them.

The competition has been officially launched today by the companies which are responsible for running the gas networks across Great Britain, including SGN, National Grid Distribution, Northern Gas Networks, and Wales & West Utilities. SGN manages the network across the south of England and Scotland.

CO, known as the silent killer, is responsible for deaths, illness and hospitalisations each year.

First launched in 2007 the competition was previously run by charity CO-Gas Safety in partnership with the gas distribution network companies but this year the GDNs, including SGN, have taken over the running of the competition.

Entrants stand a chance of winning the following prizes:

National winner: £300 for themselves and £600 for their school or organisation.* Area winner: £150 each and £300 for their school or organisation.

(*National prize will be in addition to the area prize).

SGN Head of Community Pamela Goee said: “Sadly each year lives are lost and many other people have to be admitted to hospital and suffer health problems because of carbon monoxide poisoning.

“However this could be avoided if awareness of the dangers of CO were better known and people took some simple precautions such as getting their gas appliances checked each year by a Gas Safe registered engineer and having a carbon monoxide alarm. SGN and the other gas networks companies are committed to raising awareness of CO and this competition is an important part of our strategy.”

She added: “We hope the competition will be an enjoyable way to improve carbon monoxide awareness and I would encourage as many children as possible to enter.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for them to have some fun, exercise their creative talents and have a chance of winning some great prizes while relaying an important safety message.”

The competition timetable is as follows:

Friday 5 May 2017 – closing date for entries

Weeks commencing Monday 15 May and Monday 22 May 2017 – regional judging in each gas network area

Weeks commencing Monday 29 May and Monday 5 June 2017 – national judging

Weeks commencing Monday 19 June and Monday 26 June – prize-giving event at the Palace of Westminster. Winners from each region will be invited to the ceremony, where the national winner will be announced.

Entries should be emailed to

For more details on the competition please visit

For more information on carbon monoxide safety, see

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