Posted by Aston Avery

Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week

Millions of homes across Britain will now enjoy life-saving protection, thanks to new laws for smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. The new legislation means that in England all landlords now have to provide a Carbon Monoxide alarm on their properties.

The legal changes follow years of campaigning from the All-Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group, which includes fourteen MPs and two members of the House of Lords, together representing five political parties.

But Carbon Monoxide campaigners say they’re still very concerned about safety, as following the energy price hike, people are desperate to keep energy costs down and may be tempted to cut corners; like using their BBQ to heat their home or cook on indoors, firing up an old gas fire or burning wood covered in potentially noxious paint. These may cause fatalities. Campaigners are also concerned that people will put off having their appliances serviced as they simply can’t afford it.

Aston spoke to Laura Fatah from All-Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group and Craig Drinklad from Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service.

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