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Safe and sound

Make a carbon monoxide safety checklist and see how safe your meeting place is.

You will need

  • A4 paper
  • Pens or pencils

Before you begin

  • Make sure everyone knows what carbon monoxide is and where it can come from. Try playing Not CO-ol as a simple way to explore this.

Safety checklist

  1. Everyone should split into pairs or small groups and create a safety checklist. Each group needs some paper and something to write with.
  2. Talk about some of the ways we can keep ourselves safe from carbon monoxide. As well as the ideas below, it’s also important to think about where the emergency exits are, and how you would tell an adult if you notice something is wrong.
  3. Each group should write the checklist on a piece of paper.
  4. Each group should look around the meeting place and see what they can find from the checklist. Don’t touch any of the appliances or alarms you find.
  1. Each group should write down everything they see related to their safety checklist, ready to report back.
  2. If you or a young person spots anything not quite right, suspects carbon monoxide, or smells gas, call 0800 111 999


Report back

  1. Everyone should come back together to discuss what they found. Is your meeting place safe from carbon monoxide?
  2. Let everyone know that if they hear a carbon monoxide alarm going off, they should leave the building safely just like during a fire alarm.
  3. A carbon monoxide alarm detects carbon monoxide in the room and makes a loud sound to warn of the danger. You could test the alarm to let everyone hear the sound too.


This activity was about being responsible and developing skills so we can keep ourselves and other people safe. There are lots of things we use everyday to keep us safe, like seatbelts, zebra crossings, and the things on our carbon monoxide safety checklist. What other things can you think of that we use all the time to keep us safe?

How can we use what we’ve learned to help keep others safe? We could help to check other places we go to make sure they are safe, or tell other people how they can check for safety too.


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.