28 Jan 2014

Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Katy Neithercut, Property Factor, comments on the implications of the All Party Parliamentary Gas Safety Group inquiry on Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning.

Katy Neithercut, Property Factor, comments on the implications of the All Party Parliamentary Gas Safety Group inquiry on Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning.

Commonly known as 'the silent killer' Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colourless, odourless, tasteless, poisonous gas produced by incomplete burning of carbon-based fuels, including gas, oil, wood and coal.

Symptoms include headaches, dizziness, nausea, breathlessness, collapse and loss of consciousness. The latest Health & Safety Executive figures suggest that around 4,000 people are diagnosed with CO2 poisoning every year and there are around 10 reported fatalities caused by gas appliances and flues that have not been properly installed, maintained or that are poorly ventilated.

The report, which was the result of a six month inquiry into how we can better detect and improve awareness of the problem of carbon monoxide poisoning was carried out, identified 17 examples of actions which could be taken to reduce the risks.

Included in the 17 examples are recommendations to improve the regulations, which impact on the rental market, specifically recommendation 14 detailed below.

Recommendation 14

The Government should update the Gas Safety (installation and Use) Regulations 1998 to:

a) Make mandatory the use of flue gas analysers for installation, commissioning and maintenance, where specified by the manufactures' instructions (and manufactures should ensure that those instructions are updated to reflect the latest British Standards)

b) Include a full service of all appliances according to manufacturers' instructions.

c) Require all rented properties to be fitted with an audible carbon monoxide alarm manufactured to the European standard EN 50921

Gas Safe currently strongly recommend the installation of an audible alarm, however, it is felt that legislative changes will be implemented in 2014 to bring Recommendation 14 into effect. Which will result in all landlords requiring to install an audible carbon monoxide alarm.

Aberdein Considine Property Management strive to ensure the properties they manage on behalf of their landlord clients are of a consistently high standard and, in terms of best practice, that they remain 'ahead of the curve'.

Landlords seeking further information regarding this matter should contact our Property Management team on 0844 800 3622 or pm@acandco.com.

Katy Neithercut, Property Factor

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