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CO monitor – a glass of water or slice of cucumber?

The CO warning poster

The CO warning poster

In the last week we have been taken to task for the Club’s recommendation not to rely on a carbon monoxide (CO) detector to keep you safe in a tent or awning. As this is such a vital safety subject I thought I’d put our argument online – in the hope someone will prove us wrong and we can change our stance.

At the moment our understanding is as follows:

If you check the instruction leaflet for a CO monitor adhering to the current British and European Standard (EN 50291:2- 2010) you’ll find a specification section. The chances are it will quote a humidity range of 30% to 90% relative humidity (RH) non-condensing, because this reflects the requirements of the Standard.

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Candy Evans is Test Editor for Camping & Caravanning. She took a less conventional path into magazine journalism via physics and a decade in computer consultancy, turning to caravanning and writing during a career break as a full-time mum. Her interests are wide and include the Club’s Archive – though she’s careful to wash her hands after checking 1919 editions of the Club’s magazine to avoid lurking traces of influenza.

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Spreading the word: carbon monoxide from barbecues kills

The CO warning poster

The CO warning poster

It’s a brutal message that doesn’t sit comfortably with our relaxed holiday pastime, but the reality is a lit charcoal barbecue gives off enough carbon monoxide (CO) to kill – even if it’s not hot enough to cook on.

Over the last year the Club has been at the forefront of a camping safety campaign and I’ve had the privilege of being involved. It’s been tough at times, especially when I spent an afternoon with Danielle –14-year-old Hannah Thomas-Jones’s mum. Hannah died in May 2012 after the family put their barbecue into the porch area of the tent overnight. Danielle is an amazing lady and the power of her testimony underlined the need for an awareness campaign. The family knew nothing about the dangers of carbon monoxide from a barbecue before Hannah’s death.

Wouldn’t it be great if 2013 marked the first year that no-one said: “I didn’t know that”? And as a result no-one felt groggy – or worse – after breathing in the colourless, odourless gas that is carbon monoxide from a charcoal barbecue?

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Candy Evans is Test Editor for Camping & Caravanning. She took a less conventional path into magazine journalism via physics and a decade in computer consultancy, turning to caravanning and writing during a career break as a full-time mum. Her interests are wide and include the Club’s Archive – though she’s careful to wash her hands after checking 1919 editions of the Club’s magazine to avoid lurking traces of influenza.

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Surely it can’t be ten years?

Igloo tent advert - December 1936

Igloo tent advert - December 1936

Next week it’s the Spring Caravan and Camping Show at Birmingham’s NEC. It’s making me feel a tiny bit nostalgic as it marks ten years since my first public appearance on behalf of The Camping and Caravanning Club.

Back in 2003 I was called in to help at the Boat and Caravan Show (as it was then called) because the Club’s Public Relations Officer had left at short notice. The truth is -  I’ve been hooked ever since.

This year I’m scheduled to give a brief presentation on ‘the stories behind the articles’ and it's given me the perfect excuse to see how things have changed.

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Candy Evans is Test Editor for Camping & Caravanning. She took a less conventional path into magazine journalism via physics and a decade in computer consultancy, turning to caravanning and writing during a career break as a full-time mum. Her interests are wide and include the Club’s Archive – though she’s careful to wash her hands after checking 1919 editions of the Club’s magazine to avoid lurking traces of influenza.

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