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CO alarms should be mandatory!

 Jun, 11 - 2014   Gas

The Heating & Hot water Industry Council (HHIC) has upped the ante on the war against carbon monoxide poisoning by calling for CO alarms to become mandatory in homes across England and Wales.

While approximately 84* per cent of homes in the UK have smoke alarms fitted, only around 15 per cent have CO alarms, according to figures from the Council for Gas Detection and Environmental Monitoring.

In 2013, Scotland introduced new building regulations making carbon monoxide alarms mandatory. Now leading industry organisation, including the Gas Safety Trust, are backing a petition to force a debate in the House of Commons addressing changing the law to make CO alarms compulsory in homes in England and Wales.

Roger Webb, director of the HHIC, said: “One death from CO poisoning is one too many. I wholeheartedly support this campaign and hope that the government will make alarms mandatory. For very little financial outlay, a life could be saved.”

We deliver the Carbon Monoxide testing course, CMDDA1, which helps gas installers test for levels of CO and Carbon Dioxide in domestic properties. Click here for more information.