Carbon Monoxide: taking on the ‘silent killer’

Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning claims around 50 lives each year in the UK. Caused by the incomplete combustion of natural gas (e.g. due to faulty boilers or other gas appliance) CO can’t be seen, smelt or tasted, and is often referred to as ‘the silent killer.’

We educate and protect the region against CO, through schools workshops, public awareness campaigns and by equipping all our emergency engineers with handheld CO detectors. We also work closely with other gas distributors and charities on joint activity.

You can read more about our responsibility to prevent hardship and risk to health in our Community Promises.

Dated: 16/09/2015 Northern Gas Networks' gas-safety stall, which has been organised in collaboration with INTU Eldon Square and is delivered in partnership with Gas Safe and Tyne and Wear Fire Brigade. Pictured: the Team talk to Mark Guthrie with daughter Meadow, 2 #NorthNewsAndPictures/2daymedia

Outputs – a detailed look

This table takes a detailed look at our performance in 2015/16. Simply click the plus arrow to read a brief commentary on what the statistic means, and how we did.

Output Target 2013/2014 Performance 2014/2015 Performance 2015/2016 Performance Status
Providing emergency engineers with smart CO detection technology 200 200 200 Complete On target

We have completed our roll out of life saving CO detection equipment for our emergency gas engineers. 1,200 engineers now use this technology each day.

Ongoing awareness programme to protect against dangers of CO None

We continued our work to educate the region about the dangers of Carbon Monoxide (CO), through activities such as home briefings for customers; partnerships with the fire service and training for colleagues and third sector partners.