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Government announces review of carbon monoxide alarm in the home regulations

Government announces review of carbon monoxide alarm in the home regulations

8th May 2018

Housing Minister Dominic Raab MP has announced a review of regulations governing when carbon monoxide alarms must be installed in homes. The review will look at whether existing regulations are fit for purpose, and what changes might be necessary to better protect people from carbon monoxide poisoning. It will include whether all fuel-burning appliances should be covered by regulation on alarm installation, how the cost of alarms affects installation rates, and new research into the number of carbon monoxide poisonings.

This encouraging step towards keeping people safer in their homes comes after ongoing conversations between All-Party Parliamentary Group on Carbon Monoxide (APPCOG) member, Eddie Hughes MP, and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government on this life-saving issue. 

The review, expected before the end of the year, forms part of a busy past nine months in carbon monoxide safety policy. In Autumn 2017, APPCOG launched ‘Carbon monoxide alarms: tenants safe and secure in their homes’ with Dominic Raab’s predecessor, Alok Sharma MP. With the foreword by Eddie Hughes and Barry Sheerman MP, the report called for private landlords to be legally required to install carbon monoxide alarms in rooms with any fuel-burning appliance (such as gas boilers, hobs or fires), which will now be considered as part of the review. This success follows months of campaigning on Eddie Hughes’ Carbon Monoxide (Detection and Safety) Private Members Bill, and came just 11 days after the House of Commons Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee also backed APPCOG’s recommendations in their Private Rented Sector inquiry report.

Currently, regulations introduced in 2010 require carbon monoxide alarms to be fitted whenever solid-fuel burning appliances (such as wood stoves) are installed in the home. The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) regulations introduced in 2015 required private rented sector landlords to install alarms in any room where there was a solid-fuel burning appliance, and were reviewed at the same time APPCOG launched their report. The Government review into whether all carbon monoxide alarm in the home regulations are fit for purpose will consider the findings of this and the Hackitt review, and will launch before the end of 2018.