CO Alarms legislation – Part 1

‘Confusion for homeowners and landlords’

Over the last few months there has been much confusion and conflicting information and advice over new legislation due out.

Whether it was over the introduction of the Erp Directive on the installation of new appliances or the necessity to install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in rented properties. Some of our current laws and legislation are archaic and not suitable for the 21st Century and we must insist that those in power look to make changes and soon.


There has been an almighty uproar over the introduction of a new legislation to install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in all rental properties. This law was due to come into effect this month but when it went before the House of Lords in September, it failed to pass and has now gone back to parliament for re-drafting. As silly as it sounds this law only applies to properties with ‘Solid Fuel’ appliances. Gas appliances are not being included in this legislation which seems bizarre when in 2014 there was more than 185 emergency call out EVERY day for gas leaks and 6 deaths over the year. Don’t forget as a Landlord you need to make sure you get your gas appliances checked and certificated every year.

We at Watertite have been encouraging those customers of ours that have rental properties of the necessity to install both smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and we will continue to do so as we strongly believe that it will only be a matter of time before it becomes law for all homes to comply with this regulation and not only for properties with solid fuel but all appliances.

How can we keep our nation ‘Gas Safe’when Gas Safe has failed to promote the need to include all gas appliances in this legislation.


What does the ErP mean to us?

To improve energy efficiency and environmental protection, ErP Directive which is an European legislation, applies to products that affect energy consumption throughout their life cycle, from manufacture, use, and until their end of life. This directive does not apply to transportations (persons or goods). However, this Directive does not introduce directly binding requirements for specific product categories, but rather outlines the conditions and criteria relating to environmental characteristics of products, such as energy and water waste, or lifespan, so they can be improved quickly and efficiently.

This directive encourages manufacturers and / or importers to offer products designed to reduce their overall impact on the environment, including the resources consumed during manufacture and disposal.

Again, while we agree with the principles behind this legislation, how many manufacturers are actually complying with this EU directive? There seems to be too many grey areas? We all want to conserve energy and to have more efficient homes for the 21st century but the manufacturers have to work a bit harder to make a difference.

We will continue this discussion another time!

Have a good week ahead!