Landlords are urged to fit carbon monoxide alarms
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.