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Northern Ireland building regs move ahead of UK in making CO alarms a must

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Carbon monoxide alarms to be made compulsory as part of update to regulations

Changes to Northern Ireland building regulations will make it a legal requirement for all new homes to be fitted with carbon monoxide alarms.

The requirement will also stretch to alarms being required wherever a boiler or solid fuel stove is upgraded or replaced. This aims to go some way to solving the problems of carbon monoxide poisoning incidents caused by badly fitted or serviced boilers, stoves, fires and water heaters.

James Murray from Gas Safe Register said: ‘If we could ensure everyone has their appliances safety checked every year, more people would be safe from carbon monoxide. CO alarms are only a second line of defence, but vital to alert you of its presence.’

UK regulations have not yet made carbon monoxide alarms a requirement despite just 16 per cent of homes being fitted with carbon monoxide detectors.

The changes to Northern Ireland building regulations will come into play on October 31st 2013.

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