09 November 2010
Senator Freddie Cohen, the Minister for Planning and Environment, has announced that he intends to make changes to the building bye-laws to make it a requirement for carbon monoxide alarms to be fitted whenever combustion appliances such as solid fuel fires, wood burning stoves and central heating boilers are newly installed in dwellings.
Senator Cohen said “With the advances made in the areas of carbon monoxide detector technology I am confident this change will result in a cost effective improvement that will reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning from poorly maintained combustion appliances. I would like to thank the Jersey Evening Post who brought this matter to my attention."
Planning and Environment Department, Assistant Director, Morris Roscouet said “Recent studies of commonly available brands of carbon monoxide detectors have shown these to be very effective at detecting faults with combustion appliances. Fitting one at the time a new appliance is installed would provide householders with a safeguard against defective appliances.”
Senator Cohen is inviting comments from anyone who has an interest in the matter. You can comment on the proposals via email.
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