Margaret Ritchie MP recently tabled an Early Day Motion demanding the government ensure renters up and down the country are properly protected from carbon monoxide poisoning
The motion states;
“This House notes with concern that around 50 people a year still die as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning” and goes on to highlight “recent research undertaken at Liverpool John Moores University indicates that low income households are at most risk of monoxide poisoning”.
This research actually triggered the EDM, as current legislation in England only requires landlords to fit carbon monoxide alarms in rooms with solid fuel burning appliances.
It also comes off the back of the last coalition government’s attempts to set up similar legislation
At that time, it similarly stated that landlords would be required to install working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their properties (under measures announced by former Housing Minister Brandon Lewis).
Barry Sheerman, co head of the All-party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group expressed his support for the EDM by adding that ”the motion is a timely reminder that more can be done to stop preventable deaths in the UK.
‘‘Additionally, by harmonising regulations for carbon monoxide alarms across the UK, we can put an end to the needless suffering caused by carbon monoxide poisoning.”
He added: ”The APPCOG has recommended that all homes in the private rented sector are fitted with standard-compliant CO alarms since the publication of our report Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in 2011, so we very much hope that the government will follow Scotland’s lead and ensure that householders in the English rented sector are provided with equal levels of protection.”
The All-Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group welcomes the Early Day Motion, having campaigned for better household protections since this legislation was brought in.
In short, the EDM’s requests state that the government, Welsh Executive and Northern Irish Executive should follow examples set in Scotland which require all landlords to install carbon monoxide detectors in rented properties.
It is hoped that a decision on the motion can be made before the end of 2016.