Carbon Monoxide Alarms
It is now a legal requirement that all solid fuel installations have a Carbon Monoxide (CO) detector fitted. This detector must meet specific requirements and must be within a specific distance of the appliance.
Approved Document J of the Building Regulations states:
Carbon monoxide alarms
2.34 Where a new or replacement fixed solid fuel appliance is installed in a dwelling, a carbon monoxide alarm should be provided in the room where the appliance is located
2.35 Carbon monoxide alarms should comply with BS EN 50291:2001 and be powered by a battery designed to operate for the working like of the alarm. The alarm should incorporate a warning device to alert users when the working like of the alarm is due to pass. Mains-powered BS EN 50291 Type A carbon monoxide alarms with fixed wiring (not plug in types, may be used as alternative applications provided they are fitted with a sensor failure warning device.
2.36 The carbon monoxide alarm should be located in the same room as the appliance: a) on the ceiling at least 300mm from the wall or, if it is located on a wall, as high up as possible (above any doors and windows) but not within 150mm of the ceiling; and b) between 1m and 3m horizontally from the appliance.
Note: Further guidance on the installation of carbon monoxide alarms is available in BS EN 50292:2002 and from manufacturer’s instructions. Provision of an alarm should not be regarded as a substitute for correct installation and regular servicing.
SMOKE ALARMS DO NOT DETECT CARBON MONOXIDE