The dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) have long been known, it is particularly dangerous since it is odourless and invisible and can affect a person within two hours rendering them unconscious and leading to death.
The government implemented legislation to make carbon monoxide alarms compulsory in the private rented sector which came into force on the 1st October 2015, meaning, landlords must have installed the alarms or potentially face a £5,000 fine. In Northern Ireland, November is carbon monoxide awareness month, sadly here, awareness is pitifully low of both the danger and the new rules.
Many landlords have already installed alarms not just in their rented properties but also in their own homes, not only to protect tenants but also their own loved ones.
Advise your landlords to act today…
Advise them to buy a carbon monoxide alarm with an audible feature, as nobody can rely on seeing the visual warnings in time. Also make sure the alarms comply with the British Standard EN50291 (also shown as BSEN 50291) and display the British Standards Kitemark or European equivalent. Some models even have a 10 year battery life giving landlords and tenants alike more peace of mind.