The Heating & Hot Water Industry Council has recommended to government that Building Regulations be changed to require a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm be fitted with every heating appliance installation.
Partly following these recommendations, the Communities & Local
Government (CLG) Committee is recommending that an audible, wired-up ‘EN
50291 compliant’ carbon monoxide alarm should be fitted wherever a
heating appliance is installed in new or existing homes.
HHIC has championed the importance of making sure consumers pick an
installer who is Gas Safe Registered and also advises they use the HHIC
benchmark scheme. The Benchmark member scheme is a nationally-recognised
scheme that places the responsibilities on both manufacturers and
installers to ensure best practice in installation, commissioning and
servicing of domestic heating and hot water products in line with
Building Regulations in England and Wales.
When it comes to gas and electrical safety, the Committee concludes
that far too many homeowners do not appreciate either the dangers of
using sub-standard engineers or their own liability when it comes to
faulty gas and electrical work.
The CLG Committee has also recommended that electrical equipment sold
in DIY stores, such as sockets, must be labelled to warn that it is
illegal for an unregistered person to carry out most electrical works in
Launching its report of the inquiry into gas and electrical safety in
the home, Clive Betts, chair of the Committee, said: “The government
must co-ordinate a concerted effort by key industry organisations to
raise public awareness levels on these crucial issues. Likewise, more
must be done to alert households to the dangers of using sub-standard
electricians and of the need to complete regular maintenance checks on
electrical circuits in the home.”
On carbon monoxide alarms, Clive Betts said: “The government should
oversee a co-ordinated public awareness campaign by the various industry
organisations to raise public awareness of carbon monoxide poisoning
and ensure homeowners appreciate that they themselves are liable for
faulty gas or electrical installations and repairs."
In its current consultation exercise into Building Regulations, the
government has examined further deregulation of Part P, which focuses on
electrical installation and repair.
"The Committee highlights how evidence gathered since the
introduction of these rules demonstrated that deaths and injuries due to
electrical faults have decreased. We could only support de-regulation
if there was clear evidence that safety standards would not suffer, but
such evidence has not been provided by the government,“ said Betts.