What Are the Regulations for Carbon Monoxide Alarms?
Many countries have regulations in place regarding the use of carbon monoxide alarms in residential and commercial buildings. In the UK, any room with a fixed combustion appliance must have a carbon monoxide detector installed. Ideally, the CO detector should be installed at a head height between 1-3 meters from the fuel-burning source.
Customers who live in rented accommodation will usually have a carbon detector already situated in the room where:
used partly or wholly as living lodging and
contains any device which burns or is capable of igniting fuel.
The landlord of the rental properties is mainly required to carry out a check to ensure that the carbon monoxide alarm is in working order on the day a customer begins their new tenancy.
When a tenant identifies a defective CO alarm, the landlord will need to investigate, repair or replace the item as soon as possible. This also applies to smoke alarms if a defect is identified.
It is compulsory for rented properties, including both flats and houses, to install both a smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm. Failure to comply can lead to a hefty penalty for the landlord of up to £5,000
as outlined by the government guidelines
Landlords are advised to make an informed decision and choose a suitable smoke and co-alarm based on the needs of the building. Both alarms are recommended to comply with the sealed standard of BS 50291 and BS 5839-6, where battery-powered alarms are ‘sealed for life’.
How to Choose the Right Carbon Monoxide Detector
Are you looking for a trustworthy carbon monoxide detector so you can continue to keep your customers safe?
Choosing an up-to-date, fully-compliant carbon monoxide detector for your installations can literally be the difference between life or death, should a carbon monoxide leak occur.
At City Plumbing, we stock a vast range of carbon monoxide alarms
that come equipped with advanced features such as long-lasting batteries and advanced sensors that allow you to monitor the gas levels more effectively.
Here are four carbon monoxide detectors we recommend for your next installation project: