Scotland Makes the Installation of Carbon Monoxide Alarms Compulsory

2nd October, 2013: by Andrew Madden - Carbon Monoxide Detection.

The Scottish government has made the installation of carbon monoxide alarms compulsory in new regulations.

Under the new laws, effective from the 1st of October 2013, carbon monoxide alarms or detectors must be installed in all new build homes and also when new or replacement boilers, heaters, fires and stoves are installed in homes, hotels, guest houses or care homes.

Northern Ireland Lead

The new Scotland regulations follow the lead of Northern Ireland, who introduced similar laws in 2012. It also comes ahead of a government review into carbon monoxide and the rules and regulations concerning carbon monoxide alarms in rented accomodation.

When the plans were announced in early August, Scottish Planning Minister Derek Mackay said; "The Scottish Government recognises the devastating effect carbon monoxide poisoning can have on people's lives. Not a year goes by where there isn't an avoidable death in Scotland from carbon monoxide poisoning caused by faulty heating appliances. There are also a considerable number of incidents where people are treated in hospital for the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning. Scottish building regulations will require carbon monoxide alarms to be fitted when a new or replacement boiler or other heating appliance is to be installed in a dwelling and other buildings with bedrooms.

With carbon monoxide awareness at an all time high the new laws are seen as a victory for long term carbon monoxide safety campaigners. Though for some, the regulations do not stretch far enough with some campaigners still pushing for mandatory installaion of carbon monoxide alarms in all homes and dwellings.