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Law change aims to save homes from carbon monoxide

1st October 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander

A new law making carbon monoxide alarms compulsory in Scotland will help to save lives.

This is according to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), which hopes the move will help to prevent deaths from the deadly gas, as it cannot be heard, smelt or tasted.

Carlene McAvoy, RoSPA Scotland’s community safety development officer, said: "Carbon monoxide poisoning can be deadly but this change in the law, making CO alarms compulsory, will help to save many lives."

Ms McAvoy explained building companies, property owners, landlords and gas engineers all have a role to play in ensuring the alarms reach more homes.

She warned that many people begin to switch on their heating at this time of year, making it important to remember gas flues can cause CO poisoning.

RoSPA has teamed up with Gas Safe to deliver guidance to 10,000 families across the UK, advising people to have gas appliances serviced annually by a gas engineer who is signed up to the Gas Safe Register.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801644308-ADNFCR


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