‘Carbon Monoxide is Lethal as Hell’ released by Tommy McAnairey

Single released to raise awareness of the deadly gas. Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week takes place 21st – 27th September 2015.

Issued 2015

1.2 million adults at risk of carbon monoxide because they don’t have a carbon monoxide alarm.

Tommy McAnairey, the famous bright yellow canary balladeer, has today urged the people of Ireland to take action on carbon monoxide, the lethal gas which claims the lives of six people across the country each year. The singing canary has released a single ‘Carbon Monoxide is Lethal as Hell’ to drive awareness of, and action on, carbon monoxide. All profits from the single will go to Age Action.

New research has shown that 1.2 million adults are at risk of carbon monoxide because they don’t have a carbon monoxide alarm in their homes. The research was carried out by Behaviour and Attitudes to mark Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week, which takes place from the 21st September to 27th September.

Carbon monoxide (also known as CO) can be released by any fuel that burns, including coal, turf, oil, gas and wood, however there are two simple steps which people can take to safeguard against it:

  1. Get fuel-burning appliances serviced and chimneys swept every year
  2. Install an audible carbon monoxide alarm in your home

Throughout Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week Tommy will be appearing in a prominent multi-media advertising campaign including TV and radio. Speaking today at the release of his single he said, “I’m attemptin’ to spread the word as much as I possibly can for Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week this year. So I’m releasin’ a single, ‘CARBON MONOXIDE IS LETHAL AS HELL’, to breathe fresh air into the Irish charts and get my tune to number 1. So if you could find your way to downloadin’ me single and tell friends and family where they can get it, it would make this canary very, very happy. More importantly, it would spread awareness of the perils of carbon monoxide and hopefully even save lives.”

“We’re delighted to be involved in this important campaign to help educate people across Ireland on the dangers associated with carbon monoxide. Recent research carried out prior to the campaign shows that 100,000 people over the age of 65 and living alone are at risk of CO because they don’t have a carbon monoxide alarm. We want to do all that we can to raise awareness to ensure older people are safe from carbon monoxide in their homes.”

Justin Moran
Head of Advocacy & Communications

Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week is a public safety initiative supported by the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU), Gas Networks Ireland, Register of Gas Installers of Ireland (RGII), Oil Firing Technical Association (OFTEC), National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) and major Irish energy retailers.

For further information on Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week 2015 please visit www.carbonmonoxide.ie. Or follow Tommy on Twitter: @TommyMcAnairey #COAwarenessWeek

For further information, please contact:


Aoibheann O’Sullivan 01 4980346 0876291453
Olwyn Flanagan 01 4980326 0831737585

Gas Networks Ireland

Elaine Hattie 021 4534089 087 6381593