Barry Sheerman MP and Baroness Ilora Finlay warmly welcome the Government’s announcement to extend regulations to keep people safe in their homes from the silent killer of carbon monoxide. This is especially important while people are having to stay at home over the winter months because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The All-Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group (APPCOG), co-chaired by Barry Sheerman MP and Professor the Baroness Finlay of Llandaff, has for many years been pressing the government to require carbon monoxide alarms to be fitted in all types of housing. Carbon monoxide, a gas released when fuel is not properly burnt, causes death and severe illness. It is described by the Department for Health as the most common cause of fatal poisoning in the USA and Europe.
Barry Sheerman MP said:
“It is fantastic news for all households that the Government has announced it will consult on making carbon monoxide alarms mandatory in social housing, all rentals, and when a fixed heating appliance of any fuel type is installed in any home. The All-Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group has long been calling for life saving CO alarms to be required in all homes in England, no matter what tenure or fuel type they use. This will help protect millions of tenants and homeowners.”
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