Northern Gas Networks, the North of England’s gas distributor has joined forces with the Dominic Rodgers Trust to organise a national day to raise awareness about the dangers of Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning.
Dominic’s Day will take place on Wednesday 30 April, in memory of Dominic Rodgers who was just ten years old when he died from CO poisoning in Huddersfield in 2004.
He would have been 21 years old this April.
After Dominic’s death, his mother Stacey Rodgers formed the Dominic Rodgers Trust and has campaigned tirelessly in Huddersfield and nationally for greater awareness of carbon monoxide poisoning and a wider use of carbon monoxide alarms in people’s homes.
Stacey said: “More than 50 people a year still die from carbon monoxide poisoning in the UK. These are all deaths which could have been easily preventable.
“The purpose of Dominic’s Day is to make people aware of the dangers of this ‘silent killer’, what to look out for and how to protect themselves.”
To mark the day, 200 balloons will be released from Castle Hill, Almondbury, Huddersfield at 1.00pm. Stacey Rodgers will say a few words before the first balloon is released and representatives from the local council and Northern Gas Networks will also be in attendance to mark the occasion.
Across the UK, other gas distribution networks will be getting involved and holding similar events to raise the profile of the Dominic Rodgers Trust nationally.
You can watch an interview with Stacey Rodgers here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0AjX7E_zAA&feature=youtu.be
Eileen Brown, Head of Customer Experience at Northern Gas Networks said: “On Dominic’s Day, our engineers will wear special ‘Dominic’s Day’ badges to raise awareness about the campaign, and share Dominic’s tragic story with the customers they come into contact with to help educate them about the risks of CO.
Eileen added: “If the Dominic’s Day campaign helps to save just one life, it will have been worth it.”
For further information about the Dominic Rodgers Trust, please visit: www.dominicrodgers.org.uk
Anyone who smells gas should call the National Gas Emergency Service on 0800 111 999.