Today, Margaret Ritchie MP tabled EDM 1141 in Parliament highlighting the continuing threat carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning posed to people living in lower-income households, as well as the general public, who live in privately rented properties.
The Member of Parliament for South Down, and co-chair of the APPCOG, who has lost three constituents to CO poisoning since 2015, submitted an updated version of her July 2016 EDM (see here), which reiterated her call on the administrations of England, Wales and Northern Ireland to follow the example set by the Scottish government in 2014, and amend CO alarm regulations in England.
Currently, private landlords in England are only required to provide CO alarms in properties containing a solid-fuel burning appliance, such as an open fire or log burning stove. However, in Scotland landlords are required to provide CO alarms in properties containing any fuel burning, such as a boiler, as a result of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2014.
Also in the EDM, Margaret Ritchie MP highlights that around 30 people a year still die from CO poisoning in the UK alone and that the cost of life saving CO alarms has significantly decreased since 2010; an CO alarm now costs on average £15.
As well as working closely with MPs like Margaret Ritchie MP, who are committed to keeping CO safety high on the Parliamentary agenda, the APPCOG and All Fuels Action Forum will be carrying out a Parliamentary inquiry into current CO alarm regulations in England ahead of the government review of the legislation, due to take place in October 2017.
To see the EDM and MP who have supported it, click here.
To read the current Smoke and Carbon Monoxide (England) Alarm Regulation 2015, click here.