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Does Northern Ireland’s new carbon monoxide legislation go far enough?

A new carbon monoxide (CO) legislation, which requires new homes in Northern Ireland to be fitted with a CO alarm has been welcomed by OFTEC. The Northern Ireland Building Regulations require a CO detector or alarm to be fitted in the location of a boiler or solid fuel store. However, it has been warned by OFTEC Ireland Manager, David Blevings that there remains a great risk for older properties with poorly maintained heating systems.

Mr Blevings commented: “While this is certainly a positive step forward in acknowledging the dangers of carbon monoxide and the importance of fitting a CO alarm in a new property, we believe there is potential for a much greater risk within existing properties which may have old and poorly maintained boilers.

“We also agree with the Health and Safety Executive of Northern Ireland (HSENI) that a carbon monoxide alarm is a secondary measure only.   An alarm, while important, can give a false sense of security and the best protection is to have appliances serviced regularly by a qualified technician.”

OFTEC works closely with industry stakeholders to increase CO awareness in Northern Ireland. As part of this year’s campaign alongside the new legislation, OFTEC is urging households who burn fossil fuels (oil, peat, wood, gas or coal) to take the necessary actions to prevent any carbon monoxide incidents.

Mr Blevings continued: “Almost 70% of all existing homes in Northern Ireland use heating oil as their primary heating source. These householders should always use an OFTEC Registered Technician when having their appliances serviced. These highly trained technicians use a flue gas analyser to check for carbon monoxide emissions and will perform a combustion test that can lead to improvements in energy efficiency and cost savings on energy bills.”

An additional safety measure for households with natural gas applications has also been urged by OFTEC. The governing body for oil are calling on the Northern Ireland Executive to introduce a mandatory registration scheme for oil technicians. This scheme aims to ensure all fossil fuel technicians are suitably trained and qualified to detect carbon monoxide, resulting in competent servicing and installation works.

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