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Government announces carbon monoxide alarm funding

Fire minister Penny Mordaunt has confirmed a £3m fund to support the roll-out of smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in the private rented sector.

It will go toward providing 445,000 smoke alarms and 40,000 CO alarms – which will be distributed amongst the 46 fire and rescue authorities across England in relation to the number of privately rented properties in their respective area.

This follows on from the recent regulations introduced that will require landlords to install both smoke and CO alarms in their properties from October 2015.

The proposed measures will require landlords to ensure a working smoke alarm is installed on every floor of a property and test them at the start of every tenancy.

Landlords that fail to install working smoke and CO alarms will face a civil penalty.

Gas Safety Trust chairman Chris Bielby said: “This is very good news. [We have] been working with Liverpool John Moores University and fire and rescue services on a project to understand low-level CO exposure. 

“We have been lobbying government and making the case for intervention to increase the alarm population, so we are delighted that this has been announced.”

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