Research: Only One in Ten Homes Has a Carbon Monoxide Detector

10th December, 2011: by Andrew Madden - Carbon Monoxide Detection.

As few as one in ten households has a carbon monoxide detector or alarm installed a new study has revealed.

The study, conducted by Liverpool John Moores University, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service and West Midlands Fire Service, surveyed almost 20,000 homes. The survey included checking whether households had installed a carbon monoxide detector as well as reading carbon monoxide levels.

The research found that out of the 17,649 homes surveyed only 2,073 had a carbon monoxide detector installed, which is only just over 11 percent.

No Surprise

The study's findings came as a worry to carbon monoxide safety and awareness campaigners who have long been campaigning for more to be done about preventable carbon monoxide poisoning incidents.

Carbon monoxide safety and awareness campaigner Andrew Madden said; "The only slight surprise that I personally had was that the percentage of households with carbon monoxide detectors wasn't less. Hopefully this is a wake up call to the government that more needs to be done in making people aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide."