The Government is set to take a closer look to the regulations concerning carbon monoxide alarms.
Main topics to be reviewed are:
-> if the alarms should be mandatory for all types of heating installations (including gas and oil).
-> if the installation rates for these alarms are raised by the cost of the alarm itself.
The campaign to review the regulations for carbon monoxide alarms was launched by Eddie Hughes MP and was agreed by Housing Minister Dominic Raab.
Reviewing the regulations will start from the number of carbon monoxide poisonings because, as Dominic 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.”
Main symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning:
- Dull headache.
- Nausea or vomiting.
- Shortness of breath.
- Blurred vision.
- Loss of consciousness.
There are around 8 million alarms for carbon monoxide all across the UK, many being installed after 2010 when they became mandatory for appliances based on solid fuel. Moreover, in 2015 private rented sector landlords have been obliged to install these alarms wherever they offer accommodation that has a solid fuel installation.