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Government launch review into carbon monoxide alarms 10/05/2018 Labelled as Regulation

A government review into rules that require carbon monoxide alarms to be fitted in homes across England has been announced by Housing Minister Dominic Raab.


Building Regulations require the safe installation of combustion appliances in all properties, new and existing, regardless of fuel used or tenure and from 2010, these regulations have also required carbon monoxide alarms when solid fuel burning appliances are installed.


In 2015 the government introduced new regulations requiring private rented sector landlords in England to have a carbon monoxide alarm in any room used as living accommodation where solid fuel is used.


The review will examine the regulations closely to establish whether they remain fit for purpose. This will include 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.


The announcement follows on-going discussions between ministers at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and Eddie Hughes MP, who has called for extending the regulations to cover all social housing tenants and all combustion appliance types.


No timetable has been announced at this stage and further details of the review's terms of reference will be announced later this year and any reforms recommended by this review will be subject to further consultation and scrutiny.

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