14 Aug 2013

Carbon Monoxide Alarms to Become Compulsory

Carbon Monoxide Alarms to Become Compulsory

Leasing Manager Adrian Sangster comments on the recent announcement by the Scottish Government that Carbon Monoxide Alarms must be installed in all let properties with newly installed boilers, and how this will affect landlords, hotel and guest house owners.

Leasing Manager Adrian Sangster comments on the recent announcement by the Scottish Government that Carbon Monoxide Alarms must be installed in all let properties with newly installed boilers, and how this will affect landlords, hotel and guest house owners.

Carbon monoxide alarms will have to be fitted along with every new or replacement boiler from October this year, under a change in building regulations announced by the Scottish Government today.

The new rules will apply when new or replacement boilers, heaters, fires and stoves are installed in houses, hotels, guest houses and care homes.

The Scottish Government report that not a year goes by where there isn’t an avoidable death in Scotland from carbon monoxide poisoning caused by faulty heating appliances in buildings.

There are also a considerable number of incidents where people are treated in hospital for the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning.

As a consequence of this from 1 October, the Scottish building regulations will require carbon monoxide alarms to be fitted when a new or replacement boiler or other heating appliance is to be installed in a dwelling and other buildings with bedrooms.

Safety industry bodies have welcomed the move, whilst calling for more to be done to have alarms installed in every home.


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