Land­lords are urged to fit car­bon monox­ide alarms

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

HOME­OWN­ERS are be­ing urged to en­sure they have a car­bon monox­ide de­tec­tor in­stalled.

From Oc­to­ber 1, new reg­u­la­tions will re­quire all land­lords to put smoke de­tec­tors and car­bon monox­ide alarms in the prop­er­ties they rent out.

Around 445,000 smoke alarms and 40,000 car­bon monox­ide alarms have been dis­trib­uted by the fire and res­cue author­i­ties in Eng­land in a bid to en­cour­age agents and land­lords to meet the reg­u­la­tions.

The na­tional cam­paign hopes to see more peo­ple un­der­stand the dan­gers of this ‘silent killer'.

Amer­sham fire sta­tion com­man­der, Paul McShane, said: “We have been run­ning a land­lord event over the last month be­cause a lot of peo­ple do not think about the silent killer be­cause we can't see it or smell it.

“We are be­ing proac­tive to get them in­stalled into prop­er­ties and a gov­ern­ment grant has meant that we have been able to give de­tec­tors away for free.

“We would rec­om­mend that ev­ery­one in­stalls a de­tec­tor, there could be fa­tal con­se­quences if not.

“It is es­pe­cially dan­ger­ous at night when you are sleep­ing as you may no­tice the car­bon monox­ide in the day be­cause it makes you drowsy.”

Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil's Cab­i­net Mem­ber for Health and Hous­ing, Coun­cil­lor Graham Harris, said: “I would urge any­one who rents out prop­erty to take ad­van­tage of the gen­er­ous help Bucks Fire and Res­cue is of­fer­ing."

The gov­ern­ment has es­ti­mated that the new laws will save more than 200 lives and pre­vent around 6,000 in­juries over the next ten years.

Peo­ple can buy a de­tec­tor from any DIY store and they just need two screws to in­stall them. Fail­ure to com­ply to this new reg­u­la­tions can lead to a civil penalty be­ing im­posed of up to £5,000.

A na­tional cam­paign has also been launched to make peo­ple more aware of the dan­gers. You can find out more at www. pro­ject­shout.com.

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