The CO awareness campaign, Project SHOUT, is back!

The CO awareness campaign, Project SHOUT, is back!

Project SHOUT, the national carbon monoxide awareness campaign, is back for the second year running and is enlisting the help of students across the UK to take part in the brand new University Challenge competition.

Carbon monoxide, also known as the silent killer, takes the lives of around fifty people in the UK every year due to leaks from boilers, cookers, fires and other fuel burning appliances.

The Project SHOUT University Challenge is asking students to creatively depict the dangers of carbon monoxide and how they can protect themselves with a simple and affordable CO alarm through a range of creative mediums. As part of the competition there are three categories for students to enter, these include: Film and Animation, Photography and Art and Graphic Design.

Students will have the chance to win £1,500 and all shortlisted finalists will be invited to the awards ceremony that will be held in London at an exclusive venue this September.

Bradley Shaw, the winner of University Challenge 2016, said: “Project SHOUT is an excellent campaign and something that I am incredibly proud to be a winner of. Taking part in the competition has shown me the dangers that are within our homes and how they can be prevented so easily.

“Taking part in University Challenge was a fantastic experience that tested my creativity and gave me an insight into the world of filmmaking. After winning the competition and receiving my award, I have set up my own business and invested all of my prize money into new camera equipment.”

Project SHOUT Campaign Director, Rob Lyon, said: “Project SHOUT University Challenge was a huge success in 2016 and we are hoping to reach out to more students this year to help us shout even louder about the dangers of CO. It’s great to see so many universities want to be involved and help us raise awareness of the deadly gas.

“Learning about the dangers of carbon monoxide is crucial, especially amongst families as young children can be more vulnerable to the effects of CO, including students who are often living away from home for the first time.

“As you cannot see, smell or taste CO, it is extremely difficult to identify. A common mistake that is made is that people often misdiagnose the symptoms of CO poisoning as flu or food poisoning, therefore it is essential people are aware of the dangers that could affect them.”

Competition entries close at midnight on May 5th 2017. To find out more, please visit

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