The British Standard EN 50292 standard also recommends that an alarm is not fitted:
- Where it can be obstructed
- In an enclosed space
- Directly above a sink
- Next to a door, window, extractor fan, air vent or similar ventilation opening
- Where the temperature may exceed 40 ºC or drop below –5 ºC.
The importance of installing CO detectors is reflected in recent updates to legislation. Currently Carbon Monoxide Regulations vary throughout the UK, but the main legislation that applies to England and Wales includes the Smoke And Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 and Building Regulations Document J.
- Building Regs J - requires CO alarms to be fitted when any new or replacement solid-fuel appliance is installed
- 2015 Regulations - These regulations require landlords to ensure alarms are installed in their properties with effect from 1 October 2015. After that, the landlord (or someone acting on behalf of the landlord) must ensure all alarms are in working order at the start of each new tenancy.
After the landlord’s test on the first day of the tenancy, tenants should take responsibility for their own safety and test all alarms regularly to make sure they are in working order. Testing monthly is generally considered an appropriate frequency for smoke alarms. If tenants find that their alarm(s) are not in working order during the tenancy, they are advised to arrange the replacement of the batteries or the alarm itself with the relevant landlord.
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Where to fit a carbon monoxide alarm
BS EN 50292:2013 states that carbon monoxide alarms should be fitted in:
- CO alarms should be placed in the same room as fuel-burning appliances (either wall or ceiling mounted) – such as an open fire, gas cooker or boiler
- Rooms where people spend the most time – such as living rooms
- Additional alarms can be located in bedrooms, relatively close to the breathing zone of the occupants.
- Any room that has a flue running through it
- They should be at least 300 mm from any wall (for ceiling mounted alarms)
- At least 150 mm from the ceiling, above the height of any door or window (for wall mounted alarms)
- Between 1 and 3 m (measured horizontally) from the potential source of CO.
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Real fireplaces are now incredibly popular in the UK. Many of us enjoy the appeal and comfort of a woodburning stove or open fire, and for some people it has once again become an important part of home heating.
But if you don’t know how to use your fire correctly, you could not only be wasting money, but damaging your appliance, your chimney and polluting the environment.