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The companies which are responsible for running the gas networks across Great Britain have launched their annual creative safety competition to raise awareness of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

The Gas Distribution Networks (GDN’s) Cadent, Northern Gas Networks, SGN and Wales & West Utilities are 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.

Tom Bell, Chair of the GDN CO Best Practice Group and Northern Gas Networks’ Head of Social Strategy said: “The GDN’s are committed to raising awareness of CO and are pleased to launch the safety competition for 2018 – a key activity in highlighting the dangers of CO poisoning in schools, homes and workplaces across Great Britain.

“Every year the GDN’s are further impressed by the level of understanding and creativity that goes into making the competition entries and are encouraged the CO safety message reaches not only the students, but their friends and families in the community as well.”

The competition will run until Friday 4 May on a regional level by each GDN and is open to students in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 (ages 5 – 11) across Great Britain. Winners from each region will be invited to a special award ceremony to be held in July 2018, where the national winner will be announced. All winners will receive a prize for themselves and for their school.

All competition entries should be submitted to: COSafetyCompetition@energynetworks.org