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Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week 2019

Monday 18 November 2019

Propertymark is backing the Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week which starts on Monday 18th November 2019.

The campaign which runs from 18-24 November is an opportunity to raise further awareness of the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) and ensure that everyone knows how to protect themselves from the deadly gas.

What are the risks of carbon monoxide? 

Carbon monoxide poisoning is caused by faulty or badly serviced gas and other fossil fuel-burning appliances and systems. Carbon monoxide is known as the silent killer because you can’t see it, hear it, smell it or taste it.

Landlord responsibilities

The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 came into force in October 2015 which put requirements in place for landlords.

Private sector landlords are required to have at least one smoke alarm installed on every storey of their properties and a carbon monoxide alarm in any room containing a solid fuel burning appliance (e.g. a coal fire, wood burning stove). Landlords must make sure the alarms are in working order at the start of each new tenancy.

Local authorities can impose a fine of up to £5,000 where a landlord fails to comply with a remedial notice.

David Cox, Chief Executive, ARLA Propertymark comments on Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week: “In the right hands, gas is safe, however if things go wrong gas appliances can cause many problems. With no smell or taste, carbon monoxide is known as the silent killer, causing around 60 deaths a year in England and Wales.

“Landlords have a legal duty to keep tenants safe by maintaining gas appliances and ensuring a gas safety check is carried out every 12 months, by a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer. As a second line of defence, landlords should fit an audible carbon monoxide alarm in rented properties, but this is no substitute for regular servicing of all gas appliances. However, it’s now time for the Government to make best practice legal and enforce compulsory carbon monoxide alarms in every rented property. At the moment, they only need to be in rooms with solid fuel burning, but we should be doing all we can to protect tenants.”

Propertymark resources

ARLA Propertymark members can take advantage of a range of benefits by logging into the ARLA Propertymark website.

Members can download resources which include:

  • Gas Regulations - Danger Do Not Use Notices fact sheet
  • Homes (Fitness For Human Habitation) Act 2018 fact sheet
  • Legal Responsibilities For Gas Safety fact sheet

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