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Do I (or a landlord) need to install a Carbon Monoxide Detector?

Yes. AHP Boiler Services strongly recommend that you install a smoke alarm and a Carbon Monoxide (“CO”) detector in your home, for you and your family’s safety and anyone living in your property (landlords, take note).

 

Yes. AHP Boiler Services strongly recommend that you install a smoke alarm and a Carbon Monoxide (“CO”) detector in your home, for you and your family’s safety and anyone living in your property (landlords, take note).

Did you know?

 

  • If you’re renting a property without an audible Smoke or Carbon Monoxide Detector, you’re breaking the law and putting people's lives at risk.
  • If you’re a landlord renting out properties, you are also required by law to install working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in your properties.

 

New government regulations, requiring both smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms to be installed in rented residential accommodation, come into effect on 1st October 2015 and apply both to houses and flats.

Failure to comply can lead to a civil penalty being imposed, of up to £5,000.

Landlords must ensure that a smoke alarm is equipped on each storey of the premises on which there is a room used, wholly or partly as living accommodation.

A living room will include a lounge, dining room and kitchen as well as a bathroom or toilet. It also includes a hall or landing. This means that a smoke alarm must be provided in working order on each individual storey.
 

Protection from CO – The Facts

 

 

  • Carbon monoxide detectors are similar in function to smoke alarms. Smoke alarms alert you to the presence of smoke and a carbon monoxide detector will alert you to the presence of CO (Carbon Monoxide)
  • The dangerous difference with CO is that it’s invisible to the eye and has no smell or taste, so you will not realise it is there (until it’s too late)
  • Smoke alarms do not detect carbon monoxide – only a CO detector can
  • Gas appliances that are left unchecked could be dangerous and leaking carbon monoxide
     

Quality Design: Avoid Cheap Detectors – They May Not Work Properly

 

An audible carbon monoxide alarm should be marked to EN 50291 and have the British Standards' Kite mark or another European approval organisation's mark on it. CO alarms usually have a battery life of up-to 5 years.

We cannot stress this enough – don’t buy poorly designed or cheap detectors, you cannot put a price on human life.

 

Where Can I Get a Carbon Monoxide Detector?

 

Most DIY or hardware stores sell them.

Alternatively, book an appointment for AHP Boiler Services to attend your property (whether you’re a home owner or a landlord) and conduct a gas safety assessment of all your appliances, including your boiler.

As qualified and accredited Gas Safe technicians, we can also install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
 

Knowing the Symptoms of CO Poisoning – It Could Save Your Life:

 

The government offers excellent advice on CO poisoning. Be aware of these symptoms:

 



Also be aware of:
 

  • Symptoms that disappear or get better when you leave home and get worse when you return
  • Other people (even animals) experiencing similar symptoms, at the same time

 



If you’re worried about carbon monoxide poisoning and need professional advice fast or you’re not sure which CO detector is best for your premises, please call us on 0800 3280449 or complete our contact form.

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