Every year, approxiamtely 60 people in the UK die due to carbon monoxide poisoning.
We have previously blogged about the importance of ensuring smoke alarms are in good working order. Since 1 October 2015, as well as installing smoke alarms in their rental properties, landlords have also been required by law to install carbon monoxide alarms in any room where solid fuel is used.
There is a fine of up to £5,000 for failing to comply with the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015.The Gas Safe website informs us that carbon monoxide is produced by the incomplete burning of natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), oil and other solid fuels such as coal and wood. This may happen when a gas appliance has been incorrectly fitted, badly repaired or has been poorly maintained.
It can also occur if flues, chimneys or vents are blocked. Carbon monoxide replaces the oxygen in your bloodstream, resulting in cells and body tissue dying. Poisoning can be caused by even small amounts of the gas.Long term effects can include paralysis and brain damage. Carbon monoxide poisoning is a silent killer.
4,000 or so people end up in A&E being treated for Carbon Monoxie poisoning symptoms including:
Homes heated by gas and oil are not covered by the regulations, but we would still recommend, as best practice, that all landlords install alarms to keep their residents safe. Don’t forget to keep a record of when and where such alarms were installed, alongside any dates when checks were made that they are in good working order. You should include smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms in your inventory. If you’re not sure what you need to do to comply with the regulations, please click here for a useful government leaflet that explains landlords’ obligations in full.
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