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Government responds to APPCOG CO alarm recommendations

Government responds to APPCOG CO alarm recommendations

20th July 2018

The Government has published their response to the Review of the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 consultation, taking into consideration the findings and recommendations of the All-Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group’s November 2017 report: Carbon Monoxide Alarms: tenants safe and secure in their homes.

In total, there were 170 responses to the consultation, which took place from November 2017 - January 2018, including from many APPCOG members and supporters. The current regulations only cover solid-fuel burning appliances in the private rented sector – however 27% of respondents indicated that this should be expanded to cover premises with a gas appliance too, as the APPCOG report had recommended. There was also an indication from the responses that there was a lack of awareness of education about the dangers of carbon monoxide – which is unfortunately not news to those working in the carbon monoxide safety field.

The Government did not make any recommendations on the back of this review, as there will be a wide ranging review into carbon monoxide alarm requirements across England later this year. However, their response section did state that:

The responses illustrate the lack of carbon monoxide alarms in private rented accommodation prior to the Regulations coming into effect and suggest that the Regulations should not only be retained in full but expanded to cover all tenure types.

There is some concern that the Regulations are not clear enough around the issue of what constitutes solid fuel and that the Regulations would be simpler if they were extended to all fuel burning appliances.

APPCOG will be responding to the Government’s carbon monoxide alarm regulation consultation when it is published, and encourage all our colleagues across the carbon monoxide safety community to do so too to build on this successful demonstration of how important this issue is.