Northern Ireland Makes the Installation of Carbon Monoxide Detectors in New Homes Compulsory

1st November, 2012: by Andrew Madden - Carbon Monoxide Detection.

The Northern Ireland government has made the installation of carbon monoxide detectors in new build homes compulsory.

Effective from the 31st of October 2012 a carbon monoxide detector or alarm must be installed if a combustion appliance is installed in any new build home. The law not only covers new homes but also when a solid fuel stove or boiler is replaced or upgraded.

The new regulations state that carbon monoxide detectors must be installed "in the room where the appliance is located. Though if the combustion appliance is installed in a room or space not normally used, for example a boiler room/cupboard, the carbon monoxide detector or alarm should be located just outside the room or space".

Only one in ten has an alarm

The law follows research in Britain that suggested that in some areas as few as 1 in 10 homes has a carbon monoxide detector. It also follows the tragic deaths of two teenagers, Neil McFerran and Aaron Davidson, who died from carbon monoxide poisoning in Castlerock, Northern Ireland, in 2010.

Although it is agreed that these new regulations in compulsory installation of alarms is a big step forward, carbon monoxide safety campaigners say that the new laws don't go far enough, with some stating that the laws will only cover 5% of properties.