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Carbon Monoxide

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 18th February 2008.

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Photo of Tom Levitt Tom Levitt Labour, High Peak

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to promote the use of carbon monoxide detectors with audible alarms in all homes.

Photo of Anne McGuire Anne McGuire The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

I refer the hon. Member to the ministerial statement, 26 June 2007, Hansard, column 27WS, about the Ministerial Group on Gas Safety. The group is supporting cross-Government activity to raise awareness of CO poisoning from space and heating appliances burning fossil fuels and how it can be avoided. Appliances need to be properly installed and maintained in a safe condition by competent persons. An annual safety check is also recommended. CO alarms are advocated as a useful back-up precaution but should not be regarded as a substitute for these measures.

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