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CO law introduced for private landlords

The government has made it compulsory for private landlords to install carbon monoxiden (CO) alarms in rental properties.

Plumb and Parts Center had been pressing for the government change to building regulations through its campaign, Make CO Alarms Law, which attracted thousands of supporters.

Customer marketing manager Gail van Dijk said: “We’re pleased the government has acted to make it compulsory for private landlords to install alarms in rental property, which will help save lives.

“We would like to see them go further and make it mandatory for alarms to be installed when all carbon-burning appliances are changed, which is already the case in Scotland and Northern Ireland. However, we welcome this move as a first step in preventing deaths.”

According to the Health & Safety Executive, 40 people die every year from accidental CO poisoning and 4,000 people are treated at A&E departments with related symptoms, which can lead to brain damage and strokes.

Chief medical officer Dame Sally Davies believes the number of people affected by sub-lethal exposure is likely to be even greater than reported.

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