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Not CO-ol

Find out what carbon monoxide is and where it comes from.

You will need

  • Something to mark lines (for example, chalk, masking tape, or rope)

What’s what?

  1. The person leading the activity should talk about carbon monoxide and explain that this game will help everyone to know what things can make carbon monoxide, and how to keep ourselves safe from it.
  1. Divide your space into two halves. One half is for items that could produce carbon monoxide and the other half is for items that don’t.
  2. One person leading the game should choose an item from one of the lists below and shout it out.
  3. Everyone should run to the side of the room they think matches the item.
  1. After an item has been shouted and everyone has moved, tell everyone the correct answer.
  2. Keep randomly choosing items from the lists until you have shouted out all of them.
  3. Now we know about what makes carbon monoxide, we need to know how to keep ourselves safe. Try out Safe and sound to learn all about staying safe from carbon monoxide.


This activity was about being responsible and developing skills by understanding more about carbon monoxide and how it can be dangerous. There are plenty of things around us that might seem scary or dangerous, but we just need to be careful with them. It’s just the same as wearing shin pads when we play football or a helmet on our bikes to stay safe.

What other things can we do to help stay safe? It could be sharing what we’ve learnt about carbon monoxide, or asking question about other things we want to learn how to use safely.


All activities must be safely managed. Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.

Active games

The game area should be free of hazards. Explain the rules of the game clearly and have a clear way to communicate that the game must stop when needed.