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The North of England’s gas distributor, Northern Gas Networks (NGN), has launched its annual creative safety competition to raise awareness of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

All the UK’s gas distribution networks – Northern Gas Networks, Cadent, SGN and Wales & West Utilities – are looking for entries from children aged between five 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 said:  “The GDNs are committed to raising awareness of CO and are pleased to launch the safety competition for 2019 – a key activity in highlighting the dangers of CO poisoning in schools, homes and workplaces across Great Britain.

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

The competition will be run on a regional level by each GDN, until Friday 10 May 2019. It 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 June 2019, where the national winner will be announced. All winners will receive a prize for themselves and for their school.

Key Information:

All competition entries are to be submitted to COSafetyCompetition@energynetworks.org

For more information on the competition visit the ENA website

For competition Terms & Conditions see the ENA website


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