‘Killer’ gas detectors a legal requirement?

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‘Killer’ gas detectors a legal requirement?

Post by GD on Thu 11 Nov 2010, 7:42 am



CARBON monoxide alarms could soon have to be fitted in homes when a new combustion heating appliance is installed.
Environment Minister Freddie Cohen announced today that he intended to change building by-laws to make detectors of the killer gas a legal requirement.
The change would affect any dwelling with newly-installed solid fuel open fires, wood burning stoves and central heating boilers.(from JEP)

Why only new buildings should not all rented property be covered by this law...


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Post by Spirit on Thu 11 Nov 2010, 7:46 am

No reason to fit them for oil fired balanced flue boilers as it is impossible for these to produce dangerous levels of carbon monoxide. As they are very cheap, no reason not to fit them when open gas or solid fuel appliances are used.

This announcement is merely an adoption of UK Building Control documents


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Post by kat on Thu 11 Nov 2010, 9:07 am

We have had these new alarms put in last year
but not sure if they work ,the green light is on and testing them by pushing the button they work but
i had a piece of toast stuck in the toaster and could not see in kitchen or lounge and in passage going up the stairs none of the alarms went off
on a different occaaion /i slept down stairs .as was recovering from a broken bone,my nhubby was doing cooking but did not turn the gas off properly .the gas was on unlit all night
i slept very very well .none of the alarms went off .
not sure now if these would save us in a fire
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Post by Spirit on Thu 11 Nov 2010, 9:41 am

Different thing, Kat.

Carbon monoxide is a colourless, odourless gas which is produced by incomplete combustion. Breathing it can be fatal. It cannot be produced in dangerous quantities by burning toast but can be given off by a badly fitted or maintained gas boiler or solid fuel stove.


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Post by kat on Thu 11 Nov 2010, 10:56 am

Thank you Spirit ,i now now not to worry about them
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Post by blanche du bois on Sun 14 Nov 2010, 8:01 am

My first cousin is dead 11 years this month as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning if there had been a detector in the room he was in he would probably be still with us today .
I have them in my house for this reason they have never gone off .

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