Particularly worrying was how low understanding of CO was among those in the private rental sector. Social landlords, of course, are highly regulated and closely inspected while private landlords, to put it bluntly, are not. It became a legal requirement in October 2015 for private landlords to fit a CO alarm in rooms that are used as living accommodation which also contain an appliance that burns, or is capable of burning solid fuel, and best practice states that a CO alarm should be fitted near a gas boiler.
The figure show that at least 35% of private rentals are lacking a CO alarm, and tenants in a further 11% are unsure whether they have an alarm or not. One in seven tenants incorrectly thought you would be able to smell carbon monoxide - highlighting the need for those alarms! Find out how aware you are of the dangers with npower's 'Spot the Hazards' quiz.
If you need a CO alarm, check out npower's new Protect and Fix April 2018 tariff which, in addition to fixing your energy prices until April 2018, also comes with two Nest carbon monoxide alarms (RRP £89.99 each) for free. Or, you can get up to five entries in my carbon monoxide alarm giveaway by filling out the Gleam form below.
Please note that the prize is a regular CO alarm, not a Nest alarm.