FREE CARBON MONOXIDE AWARENESS WORKSHOP IN PLYMOUTH ON 9TH AUGUST 2017

7th July 2017 By

The Gas Safe Charity is running a series of free morning workshops across the UK aimed at ANY organisation that delivers services in the homes of vulnerable people.

Low levels of carbon monoxide have been linked to increased risk of falls and dementia.

Front line staff and volunteers have a key preventative role but there is also a duty of care for employers. A range of organisations have attended past ThinkCO workshops and have now introduced carbon monoxide awareness into their induction and general training. There is usually only one place per organisation per workshop and each participant will receive a training pack, buffet lunch and a free CO detector for each organisation.

To learn more and to get a booking form please click HEREor email thinkco@gassafecharity.org.uk.

Any questions please call Hilary on 07813 977798 or Simon on 07549 956376.

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NEW LEGISLATION CAME IN ON 1 OCTOBER 2015

3rd October 2015 By

A reminder that new legislation came into effect on 1 October 2015.

Tenanted properties where solid fuel is used must have working carbon monoxide alarms (but why not put in any area where a fossil fuel is burnt)

All rented properties must have working smoke alarms on all floors

Government’s How To Rent booklet must be given to tenants with any new tenancy starting on or after 1 October 2015 (download available in the Public Area of this website)

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SMOKE AND CARBON MONOXIDE ALARMS (ENGLAND) 2015 – 1 OCTOBER DEADLINE

15th September 2015 By

When this bill was presented to the House of Lords last week peers raised a number of concerns, not least the fact the regulations are due to come into force on October 1st – just 3 weeks away.  Some wanted the regulations, which only apply to the Private Rented Sector (PRS), extended to cover social housing and owner occupiers, while others wanted the CO detectors to be installed in all PRS properties.

Yesterday Parliament approved the regulations as drafted.

From 1 October 2015 all landlords in England will be required to install smoke alarms on every floor of their property, and test them at the start of every tenancy.

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Landlords need to install carbon monoxide alarms in high risk rooms – such as those where a solid fuel heating system is installed.  Sanctions for not doing so include up to a £5,000 civil penalty.

THERE IS NO ‘GRACE’ PERIOD FOR LANDLORDS MEANING ALL PROPERTIES NEED TO BE CHECKED NOW!

Guidance has been published by DCLG for both landlords and local authorities.  Both sets of guidance can be found in the members area under Information Sheets for Landlords.  The guidance for local authorities sets out the enforcement procedures.

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