The Festival Must Have’s campaign has proved quite popular and there really are some awesome products that you definitely need to consider when attending a festival or going off camping.
The one thing you really do need to pack without question is a carbon monoxide detector when camping. The silent killer, which is a colourless, odourless and tasteless gas emitted when fuel is burned inefficiently is even more dangerous in the very tiny confines of a tent.
A horrific statistic that 40 people have been killed or injured by this deadly gas whilst staying in a tent, caravan, holiday cottage or boat in the last two years is shocking beyond belief. This highlights the importance of picking up a carbon monoxide monitor… which is no larger than a muffin, so you do not need to worry about weight or it taking up space.
Project Shout is running a Go with CO (Carbon Monoxide) Campaign this summer to raise awareness and is supported by FireAngel, AngelEye and First Alert, who are urging people to go and buy a carbon monoxide monitor, not only for camping, but for their homes too. The Project Shout website offers really useful information regarding CO that you may not have been aware of before and more importantly informs you were you can purchase a monitor!
Carbon Monoxide monitors have certainly evolved with time, I currently have a basic detector in use at home but Project Shout very kindly sent me an updated FireAngel alarm, along with a fun summer kit. The Digital LCD Carbon Monoxide alarm has a 7 year life and features a visual warning of low CO levels, peak levels recorded over a 4 week period, a graph to indicate current risk factor an a digital room thermometer. This particular monitor is priced at £23.29 at Tesco, and is money well spent for peace of mind.
The most common potential sources of CO are gas appliances, gas or oil boilers, portable gas or kerosene heaters to name a few. Basically, if you are going to be cooking sausages near your tent this summer, then you will definitely want to take a monitor with you!