A health and safety product manufacturer is issuing a warning about the dangers of carbon monoxide alarms, citing figures that up to 80 per cent don’t reach British safety standards.
Carbon monoxide (CO) is known as the ‘silent killer’ and in sufficient quantities can kill a household, with pets and children succumbing first.
Jonathan Senior of VeriSmart Inventories claims more than half of alarms posed an officially-designated ‘high’ or ‘serious’ risk, and with more households enjoying open fires and naked flames over the festive period, the dangers are greater than usual, he claims.
“One report co-funded by the European Union and the Product Safety Forum of Europe found that 52 per cent of the carbon monoxide alarms tested posed a ‘high’ or ‘serious’ risk” says Senior.
“One reason is that the sensor is disabled if it is exposed to temperatures below freezing, and when they are shipped from the Far East they can experience temperatures that low.
A Trading Standards survey last year found that up to 80 per cent of CO alarms didn’t meet British standards [although] some of these were Kitemarked” he adds.
The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations mean there is a requirement for smoke alarms to be fitted on every floor of every rented property. CO alarms are legally required in every room that is a living space where there is a solid fuel burning appliance.