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Enhanced Repairing Standard Part 1

Tuesday, 3rd November, 2015

The Scottish Government has also recently changed the requirements around carbon monoxide (CO) detection. In order to meet the repairing standard, all privately rented houses must have satisfactory provision for giving warning if carbon monoxide is present in a concentration that is hazardous to health. The need for carbon monoxide detection applies to any property where a fixed heating appliance powered by a carbon based fuel is present - that is gas(both mains and liquid petroleum gas), oil and solid fuel (coal, coke, wood, wood pellets, etc).

The Scottish Government's most recent statutory guidance on Carbon Monoxide detection - coming into force on 1 December 2015 - notes that a Carbon Monoxide detection system to alert occupants to the presence of CO gas should consist of at least:
  • one carbon monoxide detector in every space containing a fixed combustion appliance (excluding an appliance used solely for cooking) and
  • one carbon monoxide detector to provide early warning to high risk accommodation - that is, a bedroom or principal habitable room, where a flue passes through these rooms.

CO detectors must comply with British Standard and European directives. They should be powered by a battery designed to operate for the working life of the detector. The detector should incorporate a warning device to alert the users when its working life is due to expire. Hard-wired mains operated CO detectors with fixed wiring (not plug-in types) may be used as an alternative, provided they are fitted with a device for warning of sensor failure.

Unless otherwise indicated by the manufacturer, CO detectors should be either:

  • ceiling mounted and positioned at least 300mm from any wall or
  • wall mounted and positioned at least 150mm below the ceiling and higher than any door or window in the room.
  • where a combustion appliance is necessarily located in a bathroom, the CO detector should be sited outside the room as close to the appliance as possible but allowing for the effect humid air might have on the detector when the bathroom door is open.

Landlords may install combined Smoke/CO detectors providing they meet the Standards set out in the guidance and are hard-wired. Landlords are entitled to rely on professional advice from qualified gas engineers on their compliance with the standards in the building regulations.


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