Review launched into carbon monoxide alarms

Housing Minister Dominic Raab has announced that a review will be taken into rules that require carbon monoxide alarms to be fitted in homes across England.

Launching later this year, the review will examine current regulations closely to establish whether they remain fit for purpose. At present, installing carbon monoxide alarms is a requirement when boilers or other solid fuel appliances are installed in a property.

The review will consider whether the cost of alarms is affecting installation rates and will look at new research into the number of carbon monoxide poisonings, as well as whether there should be a blanket requirement to install alarms for all methods of heating, including gas and oil.

Raab said: “Carbon monoxide can be a silent killer and my top priority is to ensure people remain safe and protected in their own homes. Working with Eddie Hughes, MP, who has a long track record of campaigning on this issue, this review will look into the adequacy of the current laws and ensure they are providing residents with the necessary protection.”

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