Carbon monoxide and you

Find out about Carbon Monoxide Safety Month

On August 3, 2010, Neil McFerran and Aaron Davidson, both 18, died from carbon monoxide poisoning at a holiday flat in Castlerock, Co Derry.

The teenagers, from Newtownabbey, had been spending the weekend at the seaside village with their friend Matthew Gaw, also 18, as they waited for their exam results.

Matthew also suffered the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning and spent time in hospital, but survived.

A faulty liquid petroleum gas appliance was found in the holiday flat.

RoSPA responded to many questions about gas safety in the weeks after the teenagers' deaths.

Neil and Aaron’s families, who are now working tirelessly to promote the dangers of carbon monoxide, were among those to contact RoSPA to seek advice, information and support.

The families have launched the Gis A Hug Foundation, which they are in the process of establishing as a charity, to take forward their campaign and raise awareness of the importance of having fuel burning appliances serviced annually and the fitting of audible carbon monoxide alarms in homes and holiday accommodation.

See www.gisahugfoundation.co.uk for details.

The families kindly agreed to work with RoSPA to produce this short film, which contains their personal accounts of the tragedy that claimed the lives of Neil and Aaron.

The film raises awareness of the fact that carbon monoxide kills. It also outlines some of the steps that can be taken to prevent future tragedies.


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