A CO alarm installed on the ceiling

Understand the different CO alarm rules across the UK

A new guide has been published to help gas engineers understand the different CO alarm rules across the UK nations. The guide, published by HHIC and CoGDEM, provides best practice for each region.

It’s the responsibility of property owners, including private and social landlords, to ensure that CO alarms are present in the property, in the appropriate locations and in accordance with legislation and related guidance. This means that the role of heating engineers in maintaining CO safety is growing in importance.

The guide highlights the different requirements, including the number of alarms required in the property, the batteries that must be used and the position in which they must be installed.

HHIC technical manager Kevin Lowe says: “It’s crucial that heating engineers are aware of the different obligations across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. It’s just as important that this information is easily accessible, which is why we have released a quick guide to help engineers, landlords and property owners easily understand the regulations.”

The guide also features the different requirements placed on social and private landlords across the UK’s nations, including the repair and replacement of CO alarms, and the need to provide alarms and information regarding their use and testing to tenants.

You can download the guide here.

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