BEST's ground-breaking research on the 'silent killer'

18 April 2012


LJMU is hosting a conference during which results of BEST's ground-breaking research project into Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning will be revealed.

Carbon Monoxide is known as ‘'the silent killer' - and with good reason. It cannot be seen, tasted or smelled but accidental exposure to CO kills on average 50 people every year in England and Wales. In addition, around 4,000 people are diagnosed at A&E departments with CO poisoning each year, a figure which could hide the full extent of poisoning incidents as Carbon Monoxide leaves the body rapidly, making detection difficult.

LJMU's Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies Research Institute (BEST) has undertaken extensive research into this area, working with Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, Coventry City Council and West Midlands Fire & Rescue Service. BEST will be presenting the results from a two-staged project. The first stage looked at data collected from 35,000 houses by the fire brigades , studying the potential risk of CO poisoning from not having a CO alarm fitted or from low level CO present in the house. The second stage looks at long term data loggers placed in houses where no CO was found and seeing what levels of CO are present (approx 200 houses).

BEST's research project was the largest of its kind ever conducted in the UK and, along with the results, also being discussed at the conference will be advice on how to avoid the dangers of CO.

The keynote speaker at the event will be Baroness Finlay of Llandaff, chair of the inquiry by the All Party Parliamentary Gas Safety Group into the impact of CO.

Members of the research project team and their partners will present the research findings and take questions and those who have been affected by Carbon Monoxide poisoning will also speak about their experiences.

The conference is taking place on Thursday 24 May at Liverpool John Moores University.

For further information and to register your free place, please email:  

Please note: Attendance at the conference is by ticket only and spaces are limited.


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