Builders' Merchants News

CO alarms to be mandatory

Published:  17 September, 2010

LONDON: Building Regulations Part J, which comes into force from October, require a carbon monoxide alarm wherever a new or replacement solid fuel heating appliance is installed.

Demand is expected to grow with promotional campaigns highlighting the need for CO alarms in all homes irrespective of fuel types.

The Health and Safety Executive recommends "audible carbon monoxide (CO) alarms...that comply with British Standard EN 50291 and carry a British or European approval mark, such as a Kitemark."