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Extensions to Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Laws


Following the UK government’s consultation surrounding the proposals to extend the rules around smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, regulations will be amended and expanded with the aim of increasing tenants’ safety.

As property maintenance experts who specialise in Landlord Gas Safety Inspections and Boiler Servicing, we feel we are well placed to provide you with an overview of the regulation changes, along with how M J Burt can help your property comply with these amendments.

Specific amendments surrounding carbon monoxide alarms

All landlords will be legally obliged to ensure a working carbon monoxide alarm is fitted in any property room that contains a fixed combustion appliance (e.g. a gas boiler). If a new fixed combustion appliance is installed, a carbon monoxide alarm must also be installed in that room or space under law.

Furthermore, if a heating appliance (that is not a gas cooker) is installed, carbon monoxide alarms must also be fitted in that room or space.

Whilst landlords are responsible for replacing faulty alarms, impetus is on the resident to conduct testing throughout the duration of their tenancy.

Relevant British Standards

It should also be noted that any alarms should be third party certified to the relevant British Standards – EN 14604 for Smoke alarms and BS EN 50291 for Carbon Monoxide alarms.

Trust M J Burt for your Gas Safety

Boasting a team of skilled Gas Safe tradespeople, M J Burt are heavily experienced property maintenance specialists, with expertise across a wide range of installation, repairs and maintenance services.

To learn more about how we can support your property, get in touch via our website or give us a call on 01202 721955.

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