Millions of Corrie fans are set to tune in and witness one of the streets best loved characters succumbs to carbon monoxide poisoning after her boiler is fixed by an unqualified engineer.
The storyline, due to broadcast later on this year, will highlight to Corrie’s eight million viewers how illegal and unqualified gas work is dangerous and can lead to CO poisoning. Character Fiz Brown will collapse at home after Tyrone Dobbs, played by Alan Halsall, fixes her boiler despite not being registered to do so.
The Gas Safe Register has been working with ITV on a storyline that will see Coronation Street’s popular character Fiz Brown, played by Jennie McAlpine, face the silent killer to ensure that the dangers of gas, in particular the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, are portrayed properly to the public.
News of the storyline and Gas Safe Register’s involvement has already hit the headlines, with The Sunday People, the Metro and The Daily Mirror all featuring gas safety messages from the Register’s chief executive Paul Johnston.
Paul Johnston, chief executive at Gas Safe Register, said, “As part of our role is to raise public awareness of gas safety, we have been working with Coronation Street and various other TV programmes and soaps to get gas safety messages out to as many people as possible. When we worked with the BBC, in Eastenders last year, we received huge support from engineers and other industry members for portraying the real life dangers of illegal gas work, so it’s great to work with another popular soap in bringing gas safety to the forefront of people’s minds.”
“In a recent survey carried out to mark Gas Safety Week, we found that there is widespread confusion among the public about the symptoms of CO poisoning. Over half of people think memory loss and a funny taste in the mouth are main symptoms of CO poisoning. With around 4,000 people a year going to hospital with CO symptoms, we are pleased that Coronation Street is helping to raise awareness of CO among millions of people. Recognising the six symptoms of CO poisoning could save lives. These are headaches, dizziness, nausea, breathlessness, collapse and loss of consciousness. The storyline will also highlight how important it for the public to only use a Gas Safe registered engineer.”