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Carbon Monoxide Alarms

  • Carbon monoxide (CO) is described as the 'silent killer' because it cannot easily be detected with effects symptomatic of other problems like lethargy, cold or flue etc.
  • Whilst it was not a legal requirement in 2014 it is only a question of time before it was compulsory to fit these.
  • The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 made it compulsory for all rented properties to be fitted with smoke detectors on every floor as a minimum.
  • Unlike smoke alarms which might be fitted in several locations, only one CO alarm is likely to be required to protect tenants.
  • Carbon Monoxide Alarms must also be fitted in areas with a solid fuel burning appliance including rooms with open fires.
  • At the start of each new tenancy smoke and CO detectors must be tested.
  • During tenancies tenants are encouraged to test alarms weekly.

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Published: 24 September 2015 Last Updated: 4 December 2021