The government has launched a review into the rules that require carbon monoxide alarms to be fitted in homes across England.
With around 8 million carbon monoxide alarms currently installed in English homes, they are currently a mandatory requirement when solid fuel appliances such as wood burning stoves and boilers are installed, as well as in private rental properties that feature a solid fuel appliance.
Launching later on in the year, the review will aim to establish whether the current regulations surrounding carbon monoxide are fit for purpose, this includes whether there should be a blanket requirement to install alarms for all methods of heating, including gas and oil.
The review will also consider whether the cost of alarms is affecting installation rates and will look at new research into the number of carbon monoxide poisonings.
Carbon monoxide can be a silent killer and my top priority is to ensure people remain safe and protected in their own homes. Working with Eddie Hughes, who has a long track record of campaigning on this issue, this review will look into the adequacy of the current laws and ensure they are providing residents with the necessary protection.Housing Minister, Dominic Raab
I’m pleased the Housing Minster has responded positively to my campaign and the work done by all those involved in raising awareness of this silent killer. I look forward to the outcome of the review and will continue to campaign for improved safety to protect others from the threat of carbon monoxide poisoning.Eddie Hughes MP, member of the All Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group on Carbon Monoxide said:
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