Important Information regarding Smoke and CO2 Alarms for Landlords

Amendment to Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations

Date 1st October 2022

All Landlords in the private sector have been required to fit smoke alarms on each level and CO2 alarms in any room used as living accommodation which contains a fixed combustion appliance such as gas boilers, fuel-burning stoves, oil burners, bio fuels, coal boilers/stoves, wood pellets etc (Not including gas cookers) since 2015. These regulations now apply to All Landlords

1. At least one smoke alarm is fitted on each story where there is a room used as living accommodation

2. Ensure a carbon monoxide alarm is fitted in any room used as living accommodation which has a fixed combustion appliance excluding gas cookers.

3. Repair or replace smoke and CO2 alarms as soon as it is discovered that they are faulty.

It is just as important to fit these alarms in all buildings that have rooms used for accommodation and contains combustion appliances.

Smoke inhalation of toxic fumes is as deadly as fire itself and carbon monoxide fumes even more so, as these are not seen by the naked eye.

Most Common symptoms include:

1. Dull headache
2. Dizziness
3. Nausea
4. Fatigue
5. Confusion
6. Drowsiness

There are a number of other symptoms that may be caused by CO2 poisoning.

If not treated quickly complications may include.

1. Brain damage
2. Heart damage
3. Psychosis
4. Short term memory loss
5. Depression
6. Blindness
7. Death.

Fit smoke alarms and co2 alarms and keep yourself and your family safe from these dangers.