Mandatory Carbon monoxide alarms to be fitted in all rented homes in Brighton and the UK
On Tuesday 23rd November 2021 it was announced by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) that fitting carbon monoxide alarms will become mandatory in public and private properties that use gas boilers and fires. Landlords and housing providers will need to repair or replace smoke and CO alarms once they are told they are faulty by a gas safe expert. Smoke alarms must also be fitted in all rented accommodation in order for them to remain safe for all parties. This will take effect on 15th June this year.
Content to the Smoke and Carbon monoxide Alarm Regulations 2015 will need to be amended to align with the updated procedures. The alarms will have to be fitted in rooms with a fixed combustion appliance (gas ovens, furnaces and fireplaces etc…) in both rented and private properties. Alongside this it will be mandatory during any installation service to a heating appliance.
These new regulations have been created due to risks surrounding fire and carbon monoxide in all properties. In the last 2 years the fire service had to attend nearly 30,000 fires in England, 200 of which caused fatalities. To add further implications, around 20 people died from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning each year.
The government have a duty of care towards the public to ensure they feel safe in their own home. These measures have been put in place allow protection from these deadly situations. Some individuals and even landlords will choose to not listen to the new regulations surrounding this issue which is why it is against the law shall they choose to disregard the governments advice. Failure to comply with the remedial notice of the regulations enforced by the local authorities can be fined up to £5,000.
The function of carbon monoxide alarms
Carbon monoxide alarms are in use to detect carbon monoxide, which is a deadly gas. It is important you have a functioning alarm due to the fact the gas cannot be seen, tasted or smelt by anyone.
What to do if there is a fault to my carbon monoxide alarm?
Identifying a fault or possible monoxide leak can be difficult to distinguish. Adjoining properties could be leaking into the other, which can also cause the alarms to activate. In any instance, open windows and ventilate the property. Make sure you turn your gas burning appliances off and contact your landlord or housing provider straight away so they can repair or replace it as soon as possible. G&K’s specialist team can also help with carbon monoxide leaks and other related issues.
Get in contact with us if you have any questions or want us to take a look at your carbon monoxide alarm.